The Pulse of Radio reports that SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan abruptly ended the band's show at the Viper Room in West Hollywood on Wednesday night (June 30) after being heckled by members of the audience. According to Spin.com, the band was about 80 minutes into the show when Corgan appeared alone onstage with a ukelele. After waiting for the crowd to quiet down, he began playing "Love Is The Sweetest Thing".
Someone in the audience yelled out "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" and Corgan seemed to take it in stride, saying, "They say never give your asshole uncle tickets, and there he is." But when a second voice called out "Welcome Back Kotter" and the chatter continued, Corgan cut the song short, saying "I love you all, but I'm too old for this shit." He then left the stage without playing the planned encore of "Freak" and "Today".
Fan-filmed video footage of the show's conclusion can be viewed below.
SMASHING PUMPKINS's setlist was as follows:
01. Astral Planes
02. Ava Adore
04. As Rome Burns
05. A Song for a Son
06. Bleeding the Orchid
07. Stand Inside Your Love
08. Bullet With Butterfly Wings
09. Widow Wake My Mind
12. Cherub Rock
13. That's the Way (My Love Is)
14. United States
15. Love Is the Sweetest Thing [cut short]
The show debuted the new PUMPKINS lineup and was a warm-up for a 15-date U.S. tour that begins next Tuesday (July 6) in Cleveland.
Only Corgan and guitarist Jeff Schroeder remain from the lineup of the PUMPKINS that toured in 2008, with Nicole Fiorentino joining on bass and Mike Byrne replacing Jimmy Chamberlin on drums.
The group played three of the four songs already released from its ongoing recording project "Teargarden by Kaleidyscope".
Corgan caused controversy by berating the audience at shows on the band's 2008 tour.