The End Times Tour made its stop in Connecticut Saturday night and it was worth the price of admission. Although I must admit I paid nothing for the tickets thanks to scoring them from a buddy. But still, it was worth the sticker price.
Marilyn Manson opened the show with a pretty bad ass stage set up. I won’t try to pretend I’m a mega fan and know all of the songs they played because I’m not and I don’t. However, I enjoyed every song. As expected, they were heavy, they were loud, and Marilyn is as crazy as ever. Sweet Dreams appeared pretty early in the set to a huge response from the crowd and it was played while Marilyn walked around on creepy stilts and crutches. Also early in the set, Marilyn Manson seemed to make it his goal to try to incite a riot by urging everyone to “come closer” and reminding the crowd that there were way more of us than there are security guards. Many did as they were told and started to rush the stage, but in a calm fashion if that’s possible. Security seemed pretty tight after that. We were able to make an appearance on the floor with our mezzanine tickets but only for a second before being turned away.
A bit later, Marilyn asked everyone to turn over their drugs….to him. Then he made us all feel like we were stars in the Dope Show. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to hear Tourniquet but hearing The Beautiful People at the end of the set made up for it. He did a fair bit of talking during the show, had great props, and seemed to have a good time during the 75 minute (my approximate recollection – I didn’t time it) set. There was no encore from Marilyn Manson, but all in all, I was pleased with the show.
During the intermission, we did some sweet talkin’ and were able to get new tickets that put us down on the floor, left stage, row 13. But, wanting to press our luck, we found empty seats in row 7 and watched the full Pumpkins set from there.
Unlike the last time I saw Smashing Pumpkins when I barely recognized 5 songs, tonight was mostly the hits. As a longtime fan, I have quite the collection of Pumpkins music, but last time I was stumped. Tonight was much better. They opened with Cherub Rock which made such a great album opener that it only made sense to open the show with it. They went into Bullet with Butterfly Wings, then Tonight, Tonight, and Adore before moving into some newer stuff.
After a couple newer tracks, it was back to a few hits and then an almost 7 minute version of Mayonnaise – I uploaded the video onto YouTube but missed the very beginning. I had never seen Mayonnaise performed live in any of the 3 previous times I saw them so this was a welcomed treat as it’s one of my favorite Pumpkins songs. The acoustic guitars were then taken out for a solo Disarm performance and then a 2 guitar performance of Landslide.
Throughout the show, there wasn’t much interaction between the crowd and Billy Corgan (or is it William now?) besides the occasional “thank you.” Although after Mayonnaise he did take the time to tell off someone in the front row who was apparently complaining that they couldn’t hear Billy’s vocals. He basically told them that’s what they get for standing in front of his Marshall Stack.
There was no introduction of band members, but the band was tight. Jimmy Chamberlain is back behind the drum set for this tour and he was really hitting them tonight. Billy’s vocals and the overall band’s performance were awesome.
Like Manson, the Pumpkins offered no encore. This left everyone confused and wanting more. Had they done one, I assume it would’ve been Today since that was the biggest hit they didn’t play. I also would’ve loved to have heard Muzzle, but by 10:40 p.m., they were done. We scoured the floor for a guitar pick after the show, but had no luck.
I enjoyed the Pumpkins a lot. Being one of my favorite bands in the 90s, it was great to hear them play a familiar set. Billy himself though didn’t seem like he was enjoying it as much as the crowd and had that “going through the motions” look to him at times. Regardless though, I’d say the show kicked ass.
Here’s the set list as best as I can piece together:
- Cherub Rock
- Bullet with Butterfly Wings
- Tonight, Tonight
- Drum & Fife
- One and All
- The Everlasting Gaze
- The Crying Tree of Mercury
- Disarm – Solo Acoustic
- Run 2 Me
- Thru the Eyes of Ruby
- Stand Inside Your Love
- United States (which began with drum solo and had a guitar solo of the Star Spangled Banner in the middle)
See the performance of Mayonnaise here. Right around 1:45 you see Billy start getting pissed at the dude in the front row:
See my photos of the show on Instagram
Next up (for now) – SLASH with Myles Kennedy – September 18th in Providence, RI
I was also there and noticed Billy seemed in a good mood at first. I was upset there was no encore especially since the show ended early, but it sorta makes sense they didn’t, as 1/4 of the crowd left after 1979, which really upset me. I hear they’ve been noticing this on tour. That might also explain his mood seemed “meh” by the end.
Otherwise they were great.
I was also upset that Foxwoods started the show early… Ticket said 7:30, and there was an opener, but Manson was already on at 7:30, and i missed a few songs.
Good points. The place definitely seemed to empty out a bit and he was very aware of crowd. During one song there was a commotion right next to us thanks to some drinks. Lots of security. inswear Billy kept looking over at it but who knows. Still a great show though.