Smashing Pumpkins Cover the Cars With Rise Against's Tim McIlrath: Watch
By Katrina Nattress
December 1, 2018
On Friday (November 30), the Smashing Pumpkins returned home to Chicago as part of their 30th anniversary tour.
As Consequence of Sound points out, the Aragon Ballroom set list looked an awful lot like what they played in Madison, Wisconsin — a James Iha led cover of The Cure's "Friday I'm in Love;" new selections off the recently released SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN.; a dusted off a cover of Depeche Mode’s “Never Let Me Down Again,” and "Dross" off Machina II. But they gave the City by the Lake a special treat of their own.
Towards the end of the set, Billy Corgan introduced another hometown hero: Rise Against's Tim McIlrath. With the fellow Chicagoan on lead vocals, the band debuted a punk rock-tinged cover of The Cars' new wave track "Dangerous Type."
Watch fan footage from the performance below.
As the Smashing Pumpkins' lengthy tour wraps up, Corgan has divulged some interesting information concerning his end-of-year plans, including conceptualizing a Christmas record.
"We’re already talking about tour stuff for next year, so there will be more Pumpkins shows in 2019," he divulged to USA Today. "But for me, once we get off tour, I’m either going to be doing some writing in LA with some friends or going back to Chicago to start writing new Smashing Pumpkins. I also have an inkling to try and get us to do a Christmas record one day, so I might try to use the Christmas spirit to put the record together in concept, even if we’re not ready to record it."
Though the band has never put out a full album of holiday music, Corgan wrote a song called "Christmastime" in 1997 for A Very Special Christmas compilation, and it's pretty whimsical.