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Smashing Pumpkins “1979” House Show Shut Down By Cops

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 27: Musician Billy Corgan performs with the Smashing Pumpkins at the Troubadour on June 27, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ABA)

Smashing Pumpkins are gearing up for their Shiny and Oh So Bright reunion tour, which features the band’s original lineup sans former bassist and noted Billy Corgan enemy D’arcy Wretzky. The tour kicks off in earnest on July 12 (in Glendale, AZ), but the band, who just released a video for their new single “Solara” last week, performed an intimate show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles this past weekend. In a somewhat sadly nostalgic move, they also arranged a spontaneous house show in the city–in the same backyard in which the band filmed the live performance segments in their video for the Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness hit “1979” over 20 years ago. Complaints from neighbors about the show resulted in police showing up to cut off the band’s encore, intended to be Siamese Dream‘s “Cherub Rock.”

On Instagram, Billy Corgan wrote a wildly Corgan-esque statement about the experience: ““Great times in LaLa. Appreciation to those that came out to the Troubador. And apologies to those in Studio City for the disturbance of our nihilistic noize. ‘Twas a full moon and something just gets into the blood. And respect to the police, who let us finish the set. Mendacious as our conclusion was.” Mendacious as hell, to be sure! Watch a news report about and footage from the nihilistic, noizy, full-moon-blood-inspired set below.