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Smashing Pumpkins
United Palace Theater
New York, NY
Nov. 7, 2008
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Story and photos by Kate Seesholtz

The Smashing Pumpkins opened their second sold out New York City show of the week in typical Pumpkins fashion. Lead singer, Billy Corgan entered New York's United Palace Theater wearing a long dark cloak and carrying an illuminated plastic jack-o-lantern. As the band wound down their opening song, Corgan (quite anticlimactically), threw the plastic pumpkin into the crowd, scattering glitter over the first few rows. The band was dimly lit in blues and greens for much of the opening, as Corgan shed the cloak for a black and white spider adorned shirt, keeping with the dark themes of the evening. The band received unfavorable reviews for the previous night's performance and seemed to be trying to make amends by playing their hit "1979" early in the set. The Smashing Pumpkins may have lost some band members since being reunited, but they still know how to please their most dedicated fans.

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