The mostly-reunited Smashing Pumpkins played two surprise shows in Los Angeles on Wednesday, the second of which resulted in the police being called due to public disturbance.
Ahead of their official comeback tour, Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin performed a secret gig at the Troubadour in LA, the first time the three men had shared the stage in almost 18 years.
After the gig, the Pumpkins descended upon a nearby neighbourhood and played a second show at the same house where their classic video for “1979” was filmed back in 1995.
The alt-rockers jammed out on a stage set up in the garden as fans danced and partied around them. The scenes were reminiscent of the wild, youthful spirit seen in their iconic video.
However, not everybody was pleased with the impromptu performance, as neighbours complained about the noise and the number of cars taking up the street parking. Eventually, the police were called and arrived on the scene to shut down the show.
Luckily for the fans in attendance, the Pumpkins had managed to power through their full set, treating the audience to hits from their first five albums, plus new single “Solara.” An encore performance of “Cherub Rock” did have to be abandoned, however.
Corgan later took to Instagram to post about the show; he thanked fans and apologized to the locals.
“Great times in LaLa, Appreciation to those that came out to the Troubadour,” he wrote. “And apologies to those in Studio City for the disturbance of our nihilistic noize.”
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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. #smashingpumpkins @smashingpumpkins
Smashing Pumpkins will officially kick off their reunion tour on July 12. Watch a video of the house party performance above.