Friday, July 31, 2015

Smashing Pumpkins (and Not So Smashing Openers) Part 1 - The Crap

Tuesday night's stop on the #summerofconcerts tour took me and my daughter to the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (originally and affectionately known as Harbor Lights) to see the Smashing Pumpkins with marilyn Manson.

Before either of what I only learned the day after the concert, the two headliners (technically, Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson are co-headliners on this tour), an opening act called (according to the sheet posted for staff at the venue to note set times) "Cave" (there are some people who have mentioned that they are actually called Cage...not sure, really doesn't matter a lot to me).

Cave (or whomever the fuck they were) may have been the worst live music act I have ever seen, and I will even include them among the horrible middle-school brass players I had to endure at the annual recitals when my kid was little. Not only did their music and performance suck but the lead singer was a major asshole; at one point he said he wished ISIS would blow up every club in Boston - total fucking LOSER!

Marilyn Manson, have to say it, sucked as well. As an artist, he proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is in fact, not an artist at all - he's doing the same shtick as he did 20 years ago and it's all cheesy and dated and ridiculous. Manson also proved to be really classless in some of his antics, taunting the parent of a "young kid" who was brought to the show, talking about how he now couldn't "whip out his cock because he would be arrested" then later about how he wouldn't give away his drugs "pouring faux drugs all over the stage"...the guy is a real loser, lowlife, asshole.

There were lots of Manson fans there to see just him (most left before the Pumpkins came out) wearing their ridiculous creepers, makeup and ridiculous outfits.I do have to say that it was pretty funny at the end of the night, leaving the venue, there is almost always a super Jesus freak with a sign and pamphlets preaching about how everyone needs to be saved; this night there was a "satan worshiper" (not sure it she was the real deal or just acting, but she was holding a sign of her own and standing right beside him, it was brilliantly funny - whether the comedic effect was intended or not.

Here is Manson's set list (as published on
  1. Deep Six 
  2. Disposable Teens 
  3. mOBSCENE 
  4. No Reflection 
  5. Third Day of a Seven Day Binge 
  6. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) 
    (Eurythmics cover)
  7. Angel With the Scabbed Wings 
  8. Personal Jesus 
    (Depeche Mode cover)
  9. The Dope Show 
  10. Rock Is Dead 
  11. Lunchbox 
  12. Antichrist Superstar 
  13. The Beautiful People 
  14. Encore:
I have always liked the song "The Beautiful People" and Manson's cover of "Sweet Dreams", his performance of "Sweet Dreams" here was so so, and weakened by the fact he was walking around on stilts and looking stupid. His cover of Personal Jesus didn't suck, but it wasn't good either.

All in all, the two hours from the time those assholes "Cave" came on, through Manson's set and the set change before the Smashing Pumpkins came on were among the most painful two hours in my thirty something year history of seeing concerts.

I'll post about the Smashing Pumpkins separately, they were too good to post about among this muck.

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