The Smashing Pumpkins make live comeback

NME.COM is at band's first show in seven years

The Smashing Pumpkins made their hugely-anticipated live return tonight (May 22) – and NME.COM was there.

Billy Corgan‘s returning grunge titans performed a mammoth three-hour set at Paris Grand Rex, the band’s first performance since their ‘farewell’ show at Chicago Metro in December 2000.

The show saw the unveiling of the band’s new members – guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Ginger Reyes and keyboard player Lisa Harriton . Only frontman Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin remained from the original line-up.

The group premiered a string of tracks from their comeback album ‘Zeitgeist’, including set opener ‘United States’, ‘Doomsday Clock’, ‘Starz’, ‘Neverlost’, ‘That’s The Way (My Love Is)‘ and forthcoming single ‘Tarantula’.

The band also performed old classics such as ‘Bullet With Butterfly Wings’, ‘Today’, ‘Disarm’, ‘1979’ and ‘Cherub Rock’. Corgan also incorporated The Doors classic ‘The End’ into the band’s version of ‘Silverfuck’ from 1993’s ‘Siamese Dream’ LP.

Before new song ‘For God And Country’, Corgan addressed the capacity crowd, saying: “We are The Smashing Pumpkins, you should be very afraid…but not of The Smashing Pumpkins. The Smashing Pumpkins are your friends. If you need a shoulder to cry on or a helping hand or even some euros to pay the rent…The Smashing Pumpkins”, before opening his arms out wide.

At the end of the show the star said: “Thank you very much for coming to see our first show back. Fom our hearts god bless you, see you all on the Champs-Elysees.”

The set was:

‘United States’


‘Stand Inside Your Love’

‘Bleeding The Orchid’

‘Doomsday Clock’





‘Bullet With Butterfly Wings’


‘For God And Country’




‘To Sheila’

‘Glass & The Ghost Children’

‘Cherub Rock’


‘Tonight, Tonight’


‘That’s The Way (My Love Is)’





‘Silverfuck/The End’



‘Zeitgeist’ is released on July 7.

The Smashing Pumpkins headline this year’s Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals on the weekend of August 24-26. They previously headlined the bash in 1995.