Smashing Pumpkins cover Joy Division and welcome Davey Havok on stage during tiny comeback show at L.A.’s Troubadour

The 400-capacity venue hosted the iconic band

Smashing Pumpkins played a tiny show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles last night (June 27).

The venue has a capacity of 400 and fans were told to leave their phones and cameras at the door. Wristbands for entry were given out on the day on a first come first served basis.

They played a huge range of their hits, including ‘Tonight, Tonight’ and ‘1979’. The band also welcomed a special guest appearance from AFI frontman Davey Havok during their cover of Joy Division‘s ‘Transmission’. You can see the setlist and some official photos of the show below.


Smashing Pumpkins at Troubadour 27/06/18:

Bullet With Butterfly Wings
The Everlasting Gaze
Stand Inside Your Love
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
Tonight, Tonight
Ava Adore

Transmission (Joy Division cover) (with Davey Havok)


The Troubadour is an iconic venue who have previously hosted the likes of Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen. In 1974, Harry Nilsson and John Lennon were kicked out of venue after heckling the Smothers Brothers.

Earlier this week (June 26), Jeff Schroeder spoke out on whether he feels any rivalry with Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha.

Schroeder has played with the band since their 2007 comeback album ‘Zeitgeist’. “The whole thing is rather funny to me,” he said of the rumoured rivalry with Iha. “People seem to think that James and I should be enemies—you know, like, ‘He’s taking your job’. But we’re totally cool, and there’s been no weirdness at all. In the short time that we’ve been together, it’s been extremely pleasant.

“And musically, it sounds great—we’re not fighting for space or anything like that. This is going to be amazing.”

Schroeder added that he didn’t feel his position in the band was at risk, saying that “Billy was extremely transparent about things from the beginning, and he always said I would be part of it. There was never a time in which I wasn’t. I knew that the whole time.”