The Smashing Pumpkins turned in a strong performance Sunday,
finishing off their home-town stay on this tour. However, the show ended on a
cryptic note. After their third encore, the extended 'Silverfuck' jam, Billy
Corgan took a moment to reflect on the tour. "This is the tour we thought would
never end," he said to the sold-out crowd at the Rosemont Horizon. He went on
to praise the band for holding together despite the "irresponsible actions of
two of our friends who shall remain nameless," referring of course to former
drummer Jimmy Chamberlin who was fired after the drug-related death of Pumpkin
keyboardist, Jonathan Melvoin.
What followed was what Corgan dubbed the
"final communiqué from the Infinite Express." "We are murder, mayhem, malicious
malcontents... misguided and misunderstood. This is the last glimpses and
shines of what we started here in Chicago, nine years ago. Everything that
follows from here is a different trip." He then had the house lights brought up
so that everyone could share in the "special" moment before continuing: "Nine
years ago we never dreamed we could play to this many people... No matter what
happens, we shared this time together. It was special. It was great... We send
you a message of love, trust, compassion and grace."
Then as they were
walking off stage, D'Arcy stopped Corgan...
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