Watch The Smashing Pumpkins Rock San Francisco on This Day in 1997Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Music Features The Smashing Pumpkins
Since the 1990s, The Smashing Pumpkins have been alternative-rock royalty. Led by singer/songwriter Billy Corgan, the band’s melodic, tender, thick sheets of guitars made them an international success thanks to albums like Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
In 1997, The Smashing Pumpkins were on a several-year world tour in support of Mellon Collie. And on this day in 1997, at San Francisco’s Shoreline Amphitheatre, the band played a selection of acoustic numbers like “1979,” “Tonight, Tonight” and “Bullet With Butterfly Wings.” The show even featured a guest appearance from Marilyn Manson on “Eye” and Manson’s song “The Beautiful People.”
Last month, The Smashing Pumpkins announced the band’s first new album in 18 years. Despite recurring lineup changes, this album features founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin. Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1/LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. arrives on Nov. 16. It was produced by Rick Rubin at Shangri La Studios in Malibu, and will be released on Corgan’s own Martha’s Music.
Watch The Smashing Pumpkins perform in San Francisco on this day in 1997 below.