Live Review: Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater (7/9)

Consequence of Sound

Maybe it’s just where Billy Corgan is as a musician and a person that has manifested as one of the most deeply satisfying, career-spanning tours of Smashing Pumpkins existence. He has gone on record saying he is uncertain if the band will exist beyond 2015 because fans were fixated on the past, and seen some of his most experimental and strangemoments both inside and out of the music world used to bolster arguments that the Smashing Pumpkins were losing (or had lost) their luster. Has Corgan been listening all along, and is The End of Times tour a response to critics that Corgan does care about his audience, that he does aim to please?

Or maybe it is touring with old friend (and brief enemy) Marilyn Manson, who got into hot water with Corgan after suggesting in 2013 that the bald singer sell Charlie Brown t-shirts…

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