Saturday, December 13, 2008
Archive: QOTSA vs. Smashing Pumpkins (7/4/08)
It was a great excuse for a road trip with a few mates...QOTSA and Smashing Pumpkins. This was one huge double bill, two of the greatest acts of rock hitting our shores. Smashing Pumpkins were my bread and butter through university and I'd seen them '94 at the first Big Day Out, I was looking forward to a good show. QOTSA I was a bit of a late comer to, but been drawn into the magic of their stuff. Well, there was no mucking around on the night with no support acts and QOTSA hitting the stage early in the evening to deliver a blistering hour long set. It was fantastic, with songs from the recent albums mixing with older tracks and all of them tight as. We lapped it up and were left breathless at the end of it...completely brilliant. The same couldn't be said for Smashing Pumpkins, they certainly had their moments with early tracks like Hummer hitting the spot. But, after a while some of the songs started to merge into being barely distinguishable from one another and after two I was ready to go home. Still, great to see!