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Smashing Pumpkins Rock Rio With Bowie, Kiss Covers

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The Smashing Pumpkins reportedly turned in a sprawling, 19-song set at the Rock in Rio festival on Saturday (May 25) in Lisbon, Portugal, which included covers of classics by rockers David Bowie and Kiss. During the gig, the Pumpkins also were able to reach back into the early part of their career, playing three songs from 1993′s ‘Siamese Dream’ (including singles ‘Cherub Rock’ and ‘Today’) and another five from 1995′s ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’ (including hits ‘Bullet with Butterfly Wings,’ ‘1979’ and ‘Tonight, Tonight’).

They also were able to look forward a bit, treating fans to a preview of songs from their forthcoming ‘Oceania’ album, including ‘Quasar,’ ‘Panopticon’ and the title track from the disc that drops June 19. But the biggest surprises of the night came in the form of the two vintage rock covers: David Bowie’s 1969 hit ‘Space Oddity” and the 1974 Kiss classic ‘Black Diamond.’ Much like Kiss often did back in the day, the Pumpkins closed out their set with the song, the final track on Kiss’ debut album.

Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan recently spoke out against fans who “think you’re there to be a jukebox” and claimed the Pumpkins would only be performing their classic hits when they feel up for playing them — and apparently he is feeling up for playing them more than he suggested, because that was quite a collection of classics on one set list.

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