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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Smashing Pumpkins in Cleveland

The Smashing Pumpkins have had a special place in my heart for a long time. Siamese Dream was on of the first two cd’s I ever owned (the other was the Black album), and over the years I’ve found new ways to relate to their music. The duality of ecstatic happiness and overwhelming sadness is the feeling their music expresses most clearly to me, plus the recognition of the transience of those things. It moves me, in other words.

With that said, I still gained a new appreciation for them at their Cleveland show on Saturday. I never really recognized how awesome a guitarist Billy Corgan is; I’d always focused on the emotivness of his voice, but it turns out he’s a shredmaster also. Its obvious now that I go back and listen to the albums, but I had to see it in person to really make the connection.

There’s really no band that’s a close comparison to them, and I guess for that reason I’d never mentally associated them with heavy metal (that, plus the large number of non-metal songs they do). But they really do metal heavy. I love that deep, dark, driving rhythm…