Review: Smashing Pumpkins 'worth the wait'

By Joko Magalong

Posted at Aug 09 2012 04:11 PM | Updated as of Aug 10 2012 07:39 PM

The Smashing Pumpkins perform at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night. Photo by Peejo Pilar

MANILA, Philippines -- Die-hard fans of The Smashing Pumpkins trekked to the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night for the band's one-night-only Manila concert despite the torrential rains and floods that have been plaguing the metro and parts of Luzon.

The concert, which was originally set for Tuesday, had to be postponed by a day because of the bad weather.

In a Twitter message, the band's frontman Billy Corgan said, "Manila, you are worth the wait."

One can also say the same thing about the concert.

The show’s start was pushed back an hour to give people more time to get to the Big Dome. But despite this, the Araneta Coliseum ended up about half-full.

Despite the low attendance, those who braved the floods had a rocking good time with "SPPH" and "Smashing Pumpkins" even trending on Twitter.

The first set featured all the songs in the band’s new album "Oceania." Although the songs were mostly unknown, Manila fans still showed their love by clapping and cheering after every track.

The "Oceania" listening experience was backed by amazing videos by Sean Evans, projected into a big globe above the stage, which perfectly complimented the new Pumpkins music.

The new album featured Corgan’s flair for writing killer riffs and electric guitar solos, coupling it with their trademark romantic melodrama flair on songs like "Celestials," "Pinwheels" and "Wildflower."

While, listening to tracks like "Quasar," "Pale Horse" and "Inkless," one cannot help but be reminded of the group's earlier albums.

The crowd went wild during the second set, which featured the band's classic songs like "X.Y.U.," "Tonight Tonight" and "Bullet with Butterfly Wings."

Corgan also proved to be quite talkative during the concert. He even told guitarist Jeff Schroeder at one point that Filipino guys are the "luckiest" because Filipinas are the most beautiful women in the world. The quip garnered cheers and a few shouts of “Bolero!” from the audience -- mostly the guys.

He even remarked “Rain? What rain?!” which further energized the already amped up crowd.

After performing 21 songs, the band gave the brave Filipino fans an extra surprise, which Corgan had tweeted about earlier.

“On a normal night that would have been the last song, but this is not a normal night,” he said.

The Smashing Pumpkins then proceeded to play seven encores, including hits like "1979," "Muzzle," Stand Inside Your Love" and even a KISS cover, "Black Diamond," sung by drummer Mike Bryne, which ended the show.

Praising the fans all throughout the show, the band members also showed their appreciation after the show via Twitter.

"Manila fans, you're the best. Thanks to everyone who made the show possible. Our prayers go out to everyone who has been affected," Corgan said.

"Manila, our love for you is stronger than any typhoon. Those who couldn't make it, you were in our hearts. Thank you for an amazing night," tweeted bassist Nicole Fiorentino.

"Manila! You guys killed, thanks for making this night so memorable. Rain can't stop rock n' roll!" Byrne said.

With the concert running more than two hours, the night was truly special. To say it was “worth the wait” is definitely an understatement.

The Smashing Pumpkins love Manila, and Manila definitely loves The Smashing Pumpkins.

When they come back, we hope they play "Perfect."