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    Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:02:44

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    • Smashing Pumpkins - US musician Billy Corgan of the band Smashing Pumpkins performs on the Other Stage on the fifth day of the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts near Glastonbury, southwest England on June 30, 2013. The festival attracts 170,000 party-goers to the dairy farm in Somerset, and this year's tickets sold out within two hours of going on sale.
    • Smashing Pumpkins - Musician Billy Corgan, of The Smashing Pumpkins, performs during the Cumbre Tajin culture festival -- this year devoted to the 'Rebirth of the Self' -- at El Tajin archaeological site, in the highlands of Papantla, Veracruz State, Mexico, early on March 24, 2013.
    • Smashing Pumpkins - NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Nicole Fiorentino, Billy Corgan, Mike Byrne and Jeff Schroeder of Smashing Pumpkins perform onstage presented by P.C. Richard & Son at iHeartRadio Theater on June 19, 2012 in New York City.

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    The End Times tour brings a wonderful apocalypse to Houston, TX.

    The End Times may be upon us, but rock 'n' roll feels like it's about to enjoy a new beginning. It took The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson to give it that breath of fresh air. Their co-headlining trek has the power to inspire the next generation to put down the DJ machines and cell phones and grab guitars. This tour packs that much of a punch from top-to-bottom. It's everything you'd expect, hope, and maybe even pray for from a summer night of rock—and more so.

    At NRG Arena last night in Houston, The Smashing Pumpkins set the stage on fire without one prop. Vocalist and guitarist Billy Corgan cemented into a blissful psychedelic union with returning original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, guitarist Jeff Schroeder, and bassist Jack Bates that engaged and entranced the audience for the 18-song set. The signature drum intro of "Cherub Rock" ignited the flawless proceedings as Corgan's voice careened to the heavens along with a deft lead. Schroeder stands out as the perfect guitar counterpart, locking in and volleying back and forth with bombastic brilliance. Chamberlin pounded as hard as ever practically waking up the gods with every impassioned hit, while Bates bolted down the low end impenetrably. To call it dynamic would be an understatement, it was downright divine, especially as "Tonight Tonight" from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness took flight.

    Corgan added a heavy metal heft to the typically industrial swell of "Ava Adore," riffing along and making it even more muscular. Tunes from last year's Monuments to an Elegy, "Drum + Fife" and "One and All (We Are)," felt right at home next to "The Everlasting Gaze" and "Zero." The new material captured the same spirit, while showing a delightful wisdom and sharpened attack.

    Sans guitar for "The Crying Tree of Mercury," Corgan soulfully sang, "I did it all for you." He and his band mages definitely gave everything there on a stunning rendition of Siamese Dream centerpiece "Mayonaise."

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