Revisiting the Live Compilations No 4

Compiled by Arthur van Pelt
Hosting by Alberto 


So if I feel like playing ‘em, I’ll fucking play ‘em. My mentality has always been, ‘okay, you want it? We’re going to shove it down your throat.’” (1)

Between 2008 and 2010, SPfreaks put together 4 compilations of Smashing Pumpkins live songs and made these available as mp3s. In these months we present a run-down of them. #4, being the last one in the series, was originally posted on 2010.06.22. For all these live compilations, jewelcase artwork has been created. The artwork is included in the downloads.

The booklets need to be printed @ 240 mm x 120 mm & folded to fit inside a jewelcase. The back inlays need to be printed @ 150 mm x 117,50 mm, then folded 6.5 mm from the sides, to fit inside a jewelcase.

For #4 the theme is: Covers! Over the years Smashing Pumpkins never hesitated to play songs from other bands, be it old blues songs, be it modern rock classics. This set of 31 songs, spanning their career from 1988 to 2009, contains many surprising choices of covers. Go grab it!

290 MB & more important: almost 3 hours of Smashing Pumpkins doing covers of other bands. Prepare for a few surprises, guys, because who knew Smashing Pumpkins did “I Just Wanna Make Love To You”, originally written by Willie Dixon in 1954? And what about “Ol’ 55” of Tom Waits? Here is the full setlist, hope you guys like it!

19881120 – Time Has Come Today (Chamber Brothers)
19890316 – Venus In Furs (Velvet Underground)
19900000 – Godzilla (Blue Oyster Cult, from Mashed Potatoes)
19900000 – Sookie, Sookie (Steppenwolf, ditto)
19910000 – Out Of Focus (Blue Cheer, ditto)
19910000 – Terrapin (Syd Barret, ditto)
19920000 – The Joker (Steve Miller Band, ditto)
19920328 – I’ve Got A Feeling (The Beatles, performed with Pearl Jam)
19930629 – Dancing In The Moonlight (Thin Lizzy)
19930629 – Kooks (David Bowie)
19930912 – Landslide (Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac)
19930912 – Never Let Me Down Again (Depeche Mode)
19940828 – Voodoo Chile (Jimi Hedrix), Fantastic Voyage (Coolio) + concerto in C minor
19950228 – I Just Wanna Make Love To You (Willie Dixon)
19951023 – If You Want My Love (Cheap Trick, performed with Cheap Trick)

19951212 – Emotional Rescue (Rolling Stones), Sunday Bloody Sunday (U2)
19960127 – Boys Don’t Cry (The Cure)
19970109 – Jean Genie (David Bowie, performed with David Bowie)
19970217 – Death Don’t Have No Mercy (Reverend Gary Davis)
19970708 – Glimpses (Yardbirds)
19980523 – Night Boat (Duran Duran, performed with Simon LeBon)
19980624 – I Want You To Want Me (Cheap Trick)
19980712 – Transmission (Joy Division)
19991031 – Ol’ 55 (Tom Waits)
20000124 – Rock On (Essex)
20000905 – Soul Power (James Brown)
20070914 – Heavy Metal Machine + On The Road Again (Canned Heat)
20080229 – The Zoo (The Scorpions)
20080328 – Lips Like Sugar (Echo And The Bunnymen)
20090831 – Lucifer Sam (Pink Floyd)
20091108 – I’ve Got Levitation (13th Floor Elevators)

(1) Another Billy Corgan quote is used to introduce this compilation.

The download of this compilation can be found here. Enjoy & thanks!

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Revisiting the Live Compilations No 3

Compiled by Arthur van Pelt
Hosting by Alberto 


I don’t have to play by these rules or do these things… I can actually have my own kind of version.” (1)

Between 2008 and 2010, SPfreaks put together 4 compilations of Smashing Pumpkins live songs and made these available as mp3s. In these months we present a run-down of them. #3 was originally posted on 2009.11.28. For all these live compilations, jewelcase artwork has been created. The artwork is included in the downloads.

The booklets need to be printed @ 240 mm x 120 mm & folded to fit inside a jewelcase. The back inlays need to be printed @ 150 mm x 117,50 mm, then folded 6.5 mm from the sides, to fit inside a jewelcase.

596.18 MB of Smashing Pumpkins renditions of their own songs are here for your listening pleasure:

Tracklist Part I, the acoustic renditions

01. – 03:02 – I’ll Never Change – (1990, exact date and location unknown)
02. – 03:27 – Obscured – (1991-09-??, Hotel room LondonUK)
03. – 04:53 – Snail – (1991-09-??, Hotel room LondonUK)
04. – 05:24 – Suffer – (1991-09-??, Hotel room LondonUK)
05. – 04:01 – Spaceboy – (1993-06-30, VPRO Radio Studio Villa 65, Hilversum NL)
06. – 06:17 – Starla – (1993-07-04, Raymond Revue Bar, LondonUK)
07. – 04:42 – Cherub Rock – (1993-12-12, Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles US)
08. – 06:39 – Hummer – (1993-12-12, Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles US)
09. – 05:35 – Rocket – (1993-12-12, Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles US)
10. – 04:01 – Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness – (1995, MTV US unaired footage, unknown date)
11. – 06:51 – Soma – (1996-01-31, Soma, San Diego US)
12. – 04:22 – Eye (feat. Marilyn Manson) (1997-10-18, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View US)
13. – 07:58 – X.Y.U. – (1997-10-18, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View US)
14. – 03:50 – Today – (2000-02-17, Tree Studio, Atlanta US)
15. – 05:07 – I Of The Mourning – (2000-04-03, WKQX-FM Studios, Chicago US)
16. – 03:06 – Blissed And Gone (feat. The Frogs) – (2000-12-02, Metro, Chicago US)
17. – 13:00 – Gossamer – (2007-06-05, Spandau Citadel, BerlinDE)
18. – 03:55 – Bleeding The Orchid – (2007-07-10, XM Live Performance Studio, WashingtonUS)
19. – 07:05 – United States – (2007-07-10, XM Live Performance Studio, WashingtonUS)
20. – 03:05 – Disarm (feat. Josh Groban) – (2008-10-26, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View US)

Tracklist Part II, the electric renditions

01. – 07:28 – Sun – (1989-03-16, WZRD-FM Studio, Chicago US)
02. – 04:16 – Rhinoceros – (1991-07-19, Club Babyhead, Providence US)
03. – 03:21 – Today – (1992-08-31, Kleine Markthalle, Hamburg DE)
04. – 09:44 – Starla – (1993-08-14, Metro, Chicago US)
05. – 13:15 – Silverfuck + Bye June – (1993-08-24, Melody, Stockholm SE)
06. – 02:54 – Disarm – (1993-09-00, Westwood Studios, LondonUK)
07. – 07:21 – Pissant + outtro – (1993-10-05, First Avenue, MinneapolisUS)
08. – 04:42 – Window Paine – (1993-12-11, Bogart’s, Cincinnati US)
09. – 08:06 – I Am One – (1994-08-28, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View US)
10. – 06:22 – Mayonaise – (1996, exact date and location unknown)
11. – 06:34 – By Starlight – (1997-01-08, GM Place, VancouverCA)
12. – 40:13 – Silverfuck – (1997-02-01, Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte US)
13. – 04:58 – The End Is The Beginning Is The End – (1997-06-27, Glastonbury Festival, GlastonburyUK)
14. – 09:20 – The Aeroplane Flies High – (1997-07-04, Eurokennes Festival, Belfort FR)
15. – 14:01 – For Martha – (1998-05-28, BotaniqueGardens, Brussels BE)
16. – 08:58 – Crestfallen – (1998-06-19, Circular Quay, Sydney AU)
17. – 08:50 – Blank Page – (1998-08-04, Fox Theatre, Atlanta US)
18. – 12:05 – X.Y.U. – (1998-10-31, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles US)
19. – 05:47 – Zero + outtro – (2000-01-24, Vredenburg, Utrecht NL)
20. – 04:17 – Pug – (2000-05-24, Community Theatre, Berkeley US)
21. – 07:46 – Ava Adore – (2000-10-27, Valby Hallen, Copenhagen DK)
22. – 10:34 – Cash Car Star + covers medley – (2008-02-05, Hallenstadion, Zurich CH)

Notes on this release. (also included in the artwork as a leaflet)

It’s starting to become a tradition, creating these Smashing Pumpkins Live Compilations… And with pleasure this third one was made, let me tell you. I consider this renditions release as the best so far (and the other 2 were already hard to top!), with a stunning amount of 42 Smashing Pumpkins live tracks that highlight every aspect of Pumpkins playing live. At first I mixed the (semi-) acoustic tracks with the more rocking electric tracks, but that didn’t really create a good listening atmosphere, to my humble opinion. So for that reason, I split up the release in 2 parts. But how did I decide about every one of the 42 tracks? Let me explain about a few of them.

Part I, track 1 is a joke, obviously. The irony of the title “I’ll Never Change” just asked for being the starter of this release…  This rather unknown Smashing Pumpkins song was taken from Mashed Potatoes. “Obscured”, “Snail” and “Suffer” from that London Hotel room session couldn’t be missed when we talk about acoustic renditions of Gish era songs. And when it is hard to decide which one should be added, you just throw them all in, right?

“Cherub Rock” and the other 2 titles from the 1993-12-12 gig were chosen for the integration of a cello in the sound. It works quite well, and I hope you guys listening to it, think the same. “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness” was chosen for it’s rarity, I think not many fans know about the existence of unaired 1995 MTV footage that is out there. It was taken from the David Mead Compilation digital-only boot that can be found sometimes on torrent sites.

Also I wanted to pick some Smashing Pumpkins tracks that were done live with other artists (that can be considered a rendition also, right?), that’s why “Eye”, “Blissed And Gone” and “Disarm” are on the list for Part I. All in all, Part I gives a great overview of the acoustic brilliance that the Smashing Pumpkins achieve playing live. Again, just my humble opinion. But I hope you guys have a great listening experience, and appreciate my choices again so far!

Part II is focused on the electric songs, and I didn’t give a shit throwing in some same titles when I thought it would be appropriate for renditions’ sake. That’s why you will find “X.Y.U.”, “Disarm”, “Starla”, “Today” and “Silverfuck” in 2 redone versions. I wonder who will survive the famous 40 minutes version of that last track…  Oh, talking about “Today”, the electric version is maybe not the best recording quality, but do you notice how old that song actually is? And what about the instrumental middle part? Awesome!

Furthermore, “Sun” in an even longer early live version than on the Light Into Dark release, many Adore era songs since I had the idea that this era was not highlighted enough on the previous two Live Compilations, and may I point you already to the angry grunting metal version of “Ava Adore”? Man, I love that version, it’s perfect! “I Am One” from the 1994-08-28 gig was chosen for the very different rant. Even little parts of an early “Zero” can be heard, and Billy Corgan was definitely not that much into God and cornflakes as he turned out to be later in his career.

And now I want to put a little spotlight on “Pissant”. “Pissant” was released on the Siamese Dream album in Japan only, on the “Cherub Rock” single and on the b-sides album Pisces Iscariot too. Meaning, the song “Pissant” is not that well-known, and it wasn’t played live many times either. Only the few visitors to a handful of gigs had the chance and the pleasure to get to know this song in a live rendition. This 1993-10-05 recording of “Pissant” shows the Pumpkins weirdness during the introduction of Jimmy during the song, and the outtro that I just had to add… And with the blues-rock version of “Window Paine” directly following it, damn, this is good!

Final thingy I want to explain, is the song “X.Y.U.”, why I put it twice on this release. The almost acoustic version is already very rare, and good too, but when the Smashing Pumpkins played as “The Beatles” as opening act for Kiss in the Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, on 1998-10-31, they decided to redo “X.Y.U.” almost completely. Be prepared for an almost new song! It is one of my favourite Smashing Pumpkins live tracks of all times. The quality is quite decent, since it comes from the Friends And Enemies Of Modern Music (60m cassette). Info found online about this famous demo/boot cassette:

From a 60m cassette given by BC to an online fan in April 2000, with instructions to “circulate these”. The compilation was originally to be a 90m tape, but it got screwed up, so he dug up the Gravity demos instead, and made this 60m tape the next day. Two tracks were cut, on the end of each side… “Well, tough shit.”

I’m sure this Renditions Live Compilation is no “tough shit” but “extremely enjoyable shit”. Have fun!

Download this excellent selection of Smashing Pumpkins songs performed live here.

(1) the quote is again noted down from Billy Corgan’s mouth.

Revisiting the Live Compilations No 2

Compiled by Arthur van Pelt
Hosting by Alberto 

“We ain’t fuckin’ dead yet!” (1)

Between 2008 and 2010, SPfreaks put together 4 compilations of Smashing Pumpkins live songs and made these available as mp3s. In these months we present a run-down of them. #2 was originally posted on 2009.02.11. For all these live compilations, jewelcase artwork has been created. The artwork is included in the downloads.

The booklets need to be printed @ 240 mm x 120 mm & folded to fit inside a jewelcase. The back inlays need to be printed @ 150 mm x 117,50 mm, then folded 6.5 mm from the sides, to fit inside a jewelcase.

So, another Smashing Pumpkins Live Compilation for the SPfreakies! 23 rocking songs from the period 1988 – 2008, since ‘metal’ was the theme for this compilation. Total running time: 2 hours 19 minutes 10 seconds.

Here are details of each of these songs:

01. C’mon 04:54 1988/00/00 (taken from the Ignoffo tape)
First I choose “6234” to kick off this compilation, as it is a rare early live track, but somehow it didn’t feel right, as it is not that ‘metal’. So from the famous Ignoffo tape I took another rarity that REALLY rocked! It is also known as “C’mon Motherfucker”, do I need to say more? But yes, it was recorded in a studio… well, who cares, right? 

02. Spiteface 05:25 1989/03/16 WZRD-FM Studios, Chicago (US)
 The full recording of this radio show is one of my favourite early recordings. “Spiteface” kicks ass!

03. Godzilla 05:48 1990 unknown venue (taken from Mashed Potatoes) (US)
Smashing Pumpkins played a really rockin’ “Godzilla” quite a few times in the early days, but the version from Mashed Potatoes is one of the best recordings, if you ask me. Couldn’t be missed on this compilation!

04. STP 03:38 1991/11/02 Memorial Auditorium, Burlington (US)
Another early rarity, I wanted it on here badly.

05. Slunk 02:36 1992/01/20 Melkweg, Amsterdam (NL)
Nobody asked for “Slunk”, but it’s one of my favourite early Smashing Pumpkins rockers, so I wanted my ego to be pleased on this compilation, hehehehe…  The recording was done by VPRO Radio, so expect a decent quality MP3.

06. Quiet 03:47 1993/12/01 Palladium, Toronto (CA)
Needs no introduction I guess. Was asked for, say no more.

07. I Am One 07:00 1994/02/26 Astoria Theater, London (UK)
The rant version of “I Am One” couldn’t be missed, although we know it from Earphoria also. But this is the cool MTV recording version, definitely worthwhile a listen!

08. Geek U.S.A. 05:38 1995/10/23 Riviera Theater, Chicago (US)
From the release party of the million selling album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

09. X.Y.U. 10:12 1996/04/15 Arena, Berlin (DE)
10. Bodies 04:03 1996/04/15 Arena, Berlin (DE)
Two metal rockers from a rather decent audience recorded bootie: The Berlin Bullet. Listen to Billy being silly in X.Y.U.!

11. Zero 02:19 1997/01/08 GM Place, Vancouver (CA)
12. Fuck You (An Ode To No One) 05:01 1997/01/08 GM Place, Vancouver (CA)
The GM Place concert is world famous in the Pumpkins community. Couldn’t be missed. I love how they did “Zero” here, with this little extra guitar sound that pops up in the song a few times…

13. Bullet With Butterfly Wings 07:02 1998/05/28 BotaniqueGardens, Brussels (BE)
Live favourite, I had no reason to leave it off this compilation… But I took a little different version, hope you like it!

14. Cash Car Star 03:45 1999/04/21 Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix (US)
It was hard to choose a decent rocker from 1999, as not many concerts were given, let alone recorded. Hope you can agree on my choice!

15. The Everlasting Gaze 03:54 2000/01/07 Cirkus, Stockholm (SE)
16. Rock On 06:04 2000/01/07 Cirkus, Stockholm (SE)
Again two songs from a decent radio recording, and since I like Rock On, I thought I had to add it too…

17. Glamey Glamay 04:08 2000/04/00 (taken from Billy’s Gravity Demos)
I just had to put the rockin’ “Marquis In Spades” on the compilation, but I could only find a studio version, that was called “Glamey Glamay” in the early days. Well, hope you like it, it is a rarity anyway!

18. United States 10:50 2007/06/02 Rock Am Ring Festival, Nurnberg (DE)
The Pumpkins return with a blow in 2007!

19. Superchrist 06:14 2008/02/15 MEN Arena, Manchester (UK)
Couldn’t be missed, right? It rocks, it shows the Pumpkins attitude “don’t want to listen? We’ll make you listen!”. 

20. Speed Kills 05:22 2008/10/31 NewportMusic Hall, Columbus (US)
21. As Rome Burns 03:47 2008/10/31 NewportMusic Hall, Columbus (US)
22. The Sound Of Silence incl. Lil’ Red Riding Hood 09:31 2008/10/31 NewportMusic Hall, Columbus (US)
23. Heavy Metal Machine + Glass’ Theme 15:09 2008/10/31 NewportMusic Hall, Columbus (US)
Four songs from the 20th Anniversary Tour, this should make everybody happy I guess. We start with a metal ballad, then the compilation keeps on rockin’ and rockin’ and rockin’ for another half an hour, almost…

* Blue Öyster Cult cover.
** David Essex cover.
*** Paul Simon and Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs covers.

The download of this compilation can be found here. Enjoy!

(1) The quote is from Billy Corgan again, during “Heavy Metal Machine”, 2008/10/31 Newport Music Hall, Columbus (US)

Revisiting the Live Compilations No 1

Compiled by Arthur van Pelt
Hosting by Alberto

“You look better when you keep your mouth shut!”*

Between 2008 and 2010, SPfreaks put together 4 compilations of Smashing Pumpkins live songs and made these available as mp3s. In the upcoming months we present a run-down of them. #1 was originally posted on 2008.08.17. For all these live compilations, jewelcase artwork has been created. The artwork is included in the downloads.

The booklets need to be printed @ 240 mm x 120 mm & folded to fit inside a jewelcase. The back inlays need to be printed @ 150 mm x 117,50 mm, then folded 6.5 mm from the sides, to fit inside a jewelcase.

Tracklist of this compilation:

01. Nothing And Everything 08:21 (1988/08/10 Avalon, Chicago (US))
02. Alabaster 08:02 (1989/04/30 Cabaret Metro, Chicago (US))
03. Razor 04:38 (1990/06/16 Club de Wash, Madison (US))
04. Siva 10:54 (1991/09/01 De Doelen, Rotterdam (NL))
05. Silverfuck 06:40 (1991/09/01 De Doelen, Rotterdam (NL))
06. I Fucked You In The EiffelTower 09:04 (1992/09/08 Espace Orano, Paris (FR))
07. Soma 06:57 (1993/08/24 Melody, Stockholm (SE))
08. Starla 08:49 (1994/02/25 Astoria Theater, London (UK))
09. Porcelina Of The Vast Oceans 09:08 (1995/10/23 Riviera Theater, Chicago (US))
10. Thru The Eyes Of Ruby 08:08 (1996/04/15 Arena, Berlin (DE))
11. The Aeroplane Flies High + Silverfuck + Zoom 33:32 (1997/01/08 GM Place, Vancouver (CA))
12. Transmission 20:51 (1998/05/28 Botanique Gardens, Brussels (BE))
13. Ava Adore 06:23 (1999/04/21 Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix (US))
14. Glass And The Ghost Children (acoustic) 08:27
        (1999/10/31 Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View (US))
15. X.Y.U. 10:17 (2000/01/24 Vredenburg, Utrecht (NL))
16. Mayonaise 06:10 (2000/06/30 Budokan, Tokyo (JP))
17. Gossamer 33:57 (2007/07/03 The Orange Peel, Asheville (US))
18. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun** 18:20 (2008/08/08 Adler Theatre, Davenport (US))

*The quote is from Billy Corgan, during Starla, 1994/02/25 Astoria Theater, London (UK)
** Pink Floyd cover

Click here to download the compilation. Enjoy!

The Ultimate Smashing Pumpkins Radio Show

Article by Arthur van Pelt
Hosting by Alberto


“I’ve often felt that our B-sides show more of our true character than some of our albums.” (1)

Many fellow SPfreaks members will remember the SPfreaks Live Compilations that were available for download on SPfreaks.com from 2008 through 2010. Here, we present a starting point to revisit those Live Compilations in the upcoming months, but we also present an ending point. There was always the idea of closing the series with a fifth edition, but it never took proper shape. However, that has changed: we managed to get permission* to spread a six-hour radio show by Dutch Radio Station Kink FM , dedicated to Smashing Pumpkins only! For this and future downloads we teamed up with Alberto of www.albert0.nl (Albert Zero). Alberto is currently developing a new initiative to create a “Smashing Pumpkins Rare and Unreleased Songs Archive”. We would like to invite every Smashing Pumpkins fan to pay a visit to Alberto’s website!

So, what did Kink FM do? Let’s go back to the year 2000. Smashing Pumpkins announced plans early in 2000 to dismantle the band by the end of the year. The goodbye and farewell world tour saw the band in Europe in September, October and the first week of November. Just before the European leg of the world tour started, Machina II, Friends And Enemies Of Modern Music was released for free on an extremely limited vinyl set (25 only) on September 5, 2000. Soon after, Smashing Pumpkins were booked to play the Ahoy venue in Rotterdam, Holland on September 20, 2000.

Inside this little time frame of two weeks, Kink FM decided to honor the Smashing Pumpkins‘ musical legacy with a six-hour long radio show dedicated to the band. Six hours, in which the four vinyl set of Machina II was broadcast in full. As far as we know, no other radio station in the world has since done the same for any band to date. The Smashing Pumpkins radio show on Kink FM took place on September 12, 2000. Virgin Records sponsored the show with several promo cds and other goodies, and during the show free tickets to the Ahoy gig were given away. To cut a long story short, the five-CD set of this show was unearthed by SPfreaks. For those interested, we can now offer the full radio show in MP3 format here. Warning: Language is in Dutch!

(1) Quote of Billy Corgan, found in Guitar School magazine, February 1997, in an article by Alan di Perna.

* Disclaimer: in the unlikely scenario that any rightful authority denies permission to spread the radio show in low quality MP3 format, please contact SPfreaks as soon as possible at TheSPfreaksTeam@gmail.com. We will take immediate and appropriate actions per appropriate request(s).

The setlist of this radio show, as provided by Kink FM, is provided below:

Pale Scales (live 24.01.00 – Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, NL)
La Dolly Vita (Pisces Iscariot, 1994)
Today (live 10.11.93 – Center Stage, Atlanta, USA [taken from Vieuphoria, 1994])
Dross (Friends and Enemies of Modern Music tape, 2000)
Pennies (Zero cd-single, 1996)
Eye (live 28.06.97 – Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, DK)
Galapogos (Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness, 1995)
Cherry (1979 cd-single, 1996)
Love (Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness, 1995)
Mayonaise (The Smashing Pumpkins 1991-1998 promo, 1999)
Glynis (No Alternative soundtrack, 1993)
Ava Adore (live 06.08.98 – Oven’s Auditorium, Charlotte, USA)
Window Paine (live 05.02.92 – Elysée Montmartre, Paris, FR)
1979 (live 28.06.97 – Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, DK)
I Am One (7″-single, 1990)

Obscured (Pisces Iscariot, 1994)
Apathy’s Last Kiss (Japanese Today cd single, 1994)
Bodies (live 24.04.96 – Palatrussardi, Milan, IT)
X.Y.U. (live 31.10.98 – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, USA)
Czarina (Ava Adore cd single, 1998)
Spaceboy (live 30.06.93 – VPRO Studios, Hilversum, NL)
Dancing In The Moonlight (Disarm [smile] cd-single, 1994)
Fuck You (An Ode To No One) (live 12.12.95 – De Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL)
Tristessa (7″-single, 1990)
Rhinoceraus (Moon demo tape, 1989)
Jennifer Ever (The Smashing Pumpkins demo tape, 1989)
My Dahlia (Light Into Dark compilation lp, 1989)
There It Goes (Mashed Potatoes, studio demos, 1988)
The Vigil (live 10.08.88 – The Avalon nightclub, Chicago, USA [cut due to technical difficulties in the KinK-studio])

Siva (live 15.01.92 – VPRO Studios, Hilversum, NL)
The Vigil (live 10.08.88 – The Avalon nightclub, Chicago, USA)
Murder-Mix (The Marked demo tape, 1986)
Silverfuck (live 24.02.94 – Astoria Theater, London, UK [taken from Vieuphoria, 1994])
Set The Ray To Jerry (1979 cd single, 1996)
Soma (live 24.02.94 – Astoria Theater, London, UK [taken from Vieuphoria, 1994])
Heavy Metal Machine (e.a. live sampler, 2000)
Disarm (live 23.05.94 – Pinkpop Festival, Landgraaf, NL)
To Sheila (live 24.01.00 – Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, NL)
Smiley (Peel Sessions cd-single, 1991)
Blue (live 22.10.91 – Atomic Records, Milwaukee, USA)
Bullet Train To Osaka (I Am One 10″-single, 1992)

Glass + The Ghost Children (live 24.01.00 – Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, NL)
Transformer (Thirty-Three cd single, 1996)
Pug (Adore, 1998)
By Starlight (live 08.01.97 – The GM-place, Vancouver, CA)
Crestfallen (live 28.05.98 – Parc du Botanique, Brussels, BE)
Cherub Rock (live 26.10.93 – Del Mar Fairground, Del Mar, USA)
Drown (Lenny Kravitz studio outtake)
World premiere Machina II/ The Friends & Enemies Of Modern Music by KinK FM
CR01 (10″-‘single’ 1)
Slow Down
Vanity
Saturnine
Glass’ Theme (spacey version)
CR02 (10″-‘single’ 2)
Soul Power [James Brown cover]
Cash Car Star
Lucky 13

Speed Kills
CR03 (10″-‘single’ 3)
If There Is A God? (piano/vocal version)
Try, Try, Try (alternate version)
Heavy Metal Machine (alternate version)
CR04 (double LP)
Glass’ Theme
Cash Car Star
Dross
Real Love
Go (James Iha)
Let Me Give The World To You
Innosence
Home
Blue Skies Bring Tears (heavy)
White Spider
In My Body
If There Is A God
Le Deux Machina (instrumental)
Here’s To The Atom Bomb
Farewell And Goodnight (live 05.04.96 – Ahoy, Rotterdam, NL)

Get Your Pumpkins Faster

Article by Arthur van Pelt
Sourced by DutchCowboys, ComputerWorld, Archive.org

Since The Internet Archive and BitTorrent Inc. announced a partnership last week, and sealed that cooperation with already over 1.5 million torrents available on Archive.org, the fans and collectors of Smashing Pumpkins live music can benefit from the move forward of these two parties.

The vast majority of internet users think, and know, BitTorrent and other torrent tools are used for illegal-or-not downloads of all kind of files, in a wide variety of software programs, movies, music, books and other digital media.  While BitTorrent is often in the news because it can also be used as a conduit for pirated media, projects like this cooperation between The Internet Archive and BitTorrent emphasize the practical nature of the torrent peer to peer (P2P) protocol: decentralized file transmission can be fast, anonymous and robust. And as Archive.org now shows, it can also be used for perfectly legal, non-controversial purposes.

“I supported the original creation of BitTorrent because I believe in building technology to make it easy for communities to share what they have. The Archive is helping people to understand that BitTorrent isn’t just for ephemeral or dodgy items that disappear from view in a short time. BitTorrent is a great way to get and share large files that are permanently available from libraries like the Internet Archive,” said John Gilmore, founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

OK, so what’s the deal, and what’s in it for the Smashing Pumpkins fans? The Internet Archive embraced the P2P download concept of BitTorrent and made over one million torrents available (as we speak it runs into the 1.5 million figures) of all books, movies, TV shows, music albums, and live shows that were already available as a free download on Archive.org. The torrents are being seeded by two Archive.org servers, thus making sure that download speed is always fast and very secure, even if a certain file is not that popular.
 
And as we might know already, there are quite the names in the online archives. Music artists like John Mayer, The Grateful Dead, and of course Smashing Pumpkins, have their files of (mostly) live concerts hosted on Archive.org. With the use of BitTorrent they save a lot of band width and they can now reach out to a new audience with their musical content.

Next to this, Archive.org hosts over 9,000 movies (http://archive.org/details/bittorrentmovies) and more than one million books (http://archive.org/details/bittorrenttexts). Other notable content in the archives is over 3,000 hours of 9/11 TV coverage. This coverage includes more than 20 channels of international television news over seven days, and select analysis by scholars. The footage begins shortly before the first reports about 9/11. All in all, ComputerWorld calculated the total content of Archive.org that is currently unleashed by torrents is up to nearly a stunning petabyte (PB), which is almost 1,000 terabytes (TB)!

Archive.org states in the blogged press release about how to use the new torrent feature:

“To download the Torrent of the files in the item, click the Torrent link at the bottom of the download box; your Torrent client (such as transmission and uTorrent) can use the Torrent file you get to download the files in the Archive item, including the original item files, plus all derivative and metadata files. Individual files can be selected (or deselected) from the list within most BitTorrent clients, allowing Torrents to be used to retrieve an entire item or a specific subset of files within it. BitTorrent is the now fastest way to download items from the Archive, because the BitTorrent client downloads simultaneously from two different Archive servers located in two different datacenters, and from other Archive users who have downloaded these Torrents already. The distributed nature of BitTorrent swarms and their ability to retrieve Torrents from local peers may be of particular value to patrons with slower access to the Archive, for example those outside the United States or inside institutions with slow connections.”


Currently there are over 1,300 Smashing Pumpkins related downloads to be found on Archive.org in the Live Music Archive (LMA) section, making Archive.org the most comprehensive source for Smashing Pumpkins live music collectors. The Limited Flag as stated on their site however:  No unauthorized soundboards (SBDs) and the need to email for approval before uploading.

The Live Music Archive also provides a statement why it is allowed to record and trade Smashing Pumpkins live music:  “Smashing Pumpkins Taping Policy June 2007: “a clear declaration of our new open-source taping policy…everyone is welcome to tape at our shows in whatever capacity they see fit…anyone is welcome and invited to document using audio, video, or picture cameras (cell phones are welcome)…although we do reserve the right to refuse anyone at anytime (especially if we feel the reason for recording is not for entirely altruistic)”.”

With over 170,000 downloads, “Smashing Pumpkins Live at Shepherds Bush Empire on 2007-06-19” is, as we speak, the most popular full concert of Smashing Pumpkins uploaded in the Live Music Archive. And from now on we can grab this one, and all other live concerts that are available, even faster!

Behind The Black Curtains Of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Smashing Pumpkins @ Melkweg, Amsterdam (NL)

Article written by Arthur van Pelt

Smashing Pumpkins @ Melkweg, Amsterdam (NL) – Part I

This is Part I of a series of 2, about the Smashing Pumpkins playing in the Melkweg venue in Amsterdam, the so-called “Capitol City of Sin of The Netherlands”. Part I is about the history of this special building, Part II will contain an interview with John van Luyn, the music programmer of Melkweg that hired the Smashing Pumpkins in 1991, but also in 1995, for their famous secret gig that turned out to be the start of the Mellon Collie world tour that lasted over a year.

OK, so here we go! The history of the Melkweg venue, taken from “Sugar, milk and pop-music”, written by C. Th. Bakker (2005), can be read below. Translated from Dutch to English for the history die-hards. But it is very worthwhile adding this part to the Melkweg theme, as even the Smashing Pumpkins are mentioned in this article!

A Summer Project In An Old Dairy Factory

In the year 1970 a Dutch theatre group was looking for a location to do a play, and they finally found an empty dairy factory in the exact centre of Amsterdam. The members of the theatre group, being very enthusiastic, but also very poor, wanted to use the building. With a lot of hard work, lots of ideals and 25,000 Dutch guilders only, they remade the factory into a meeting place, only for the summer period. Like this they could do their play in Autumn of 1970. The project was called “Melkweg” (Milky Way, or Milk Gone), with a wink to the “cosmic” era in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and also, the milk that was gone…

In that timeframe, Amsterdam had become the San Francisco of Europe. The Melkweg quickly became a place for young travelers from all over the globe, looking for rock music, light shows, hash, love and peace. Within a few weeks only, the old dairy factory became their favorite hang-out. The atmosphere of the inspiring 1960’s now really made a move forward and it attracted numerous tourists, locals and artists alike. Visitors of Melkweg were also able to enjoy cinema, books from the bookstore, and there were even a restaurant, a bar, a tearoom and a Dutch pancakes bakery. One of the arty projects of that time was an immense paper roll, that was used to make newspapers with, that was rolled out slowly and almost endlessly on a meters wide table, so people could paint on it… Under the calming sounds of a water fountain…

In Winter 1970, it was decided to give another spin off to the Melkweg project, as it had proven to be very successful. In 1971, a second version of Melkweg was established, with initially even more success. Theatre plays and video were added to the programming of music, light shows and movies. However, due to problems with the Amsterdam Fire Brigade, with hash dealers and with visitors that turned out to be a little annoying sometimes, the success was only short-lived. The Summer period was too short to develop new ideas, and necessary changes could not be implemented fast enough. As a result, after the Summer period it was decided to establish the first and already existing Melkweg part only, as a permanent centre for cultural activities.

Melkweg during the Seventies

Although the Melkweg venue was perfectly situated and had spacious opportunities everywhere, there was still shortage of everything: money, electricity, heating and water. The Municipal Office of Amsterdam rejected an apply for help to have Melkweg being established as a permanent art centre, but it donated some money anyway for the next, 1 time only, project. The money was only donated however in July 1972, so when Melkweg re-opened in Autumn of that year, it was still cold inside and only 2 rooms could be used. From now on, the change from dairy factory to centre for cultural activities became a full time process. Every time when new money came in, all kinda necessary changes were implemented. And finally, also the Municipal Office of Amsterdam legalized and officially installed the “Multi Media Centrum Melkweg”.

From the year 1973 and onwards Melkweg was subsidized by the Dutch Ministry of Culture, and by the Municipal Office of Amsterdam too. But 90 percent of the revenues, necessary for machinery, gear, paint, maintenance of the sewers and wiring, etcetera, came from the entrance fees. In the 1970’s, the number of visitors grew from a decent 175,000 per year to a stunning 275,000 in 1980. A part of these visitors came to see a certain program, but the major part of it paid a visit to Melkweg without knowing the program for that night at all. After paying the entrance fees, people would just go inside the venue, and have themselves being surprised by the several activities going on everywhere, and then be part of 1 or some of them. Melkweg kept on developing, and gave way to many experiments in the areas of music, theatre, dance and movies. Starting in 1977, many festivals and other activities were organized. Some of them became very famous and even legendary, like the International Women Festival, the One World Poetry Festival and the Festival of Fools.

Melkweg, Growth in the Eighties

In the early 1980’s, Melkweg became a victim of her own success. The tiny balance between the audience that came for a certain concert, and the other part that only wanted to chill out, was lost. This tendency caused a passive audience after all. Amsterdam, considered to be the cosmic centre of the world, lost its innocence. Around 1981 it became clear that Melkweg needed to change her course drastically, by getting rid of that “hippy” image. As a result, in 1983, the Persian carpets were changed for clean, neat and tidy white walls, hash was banned from the venue, hash users were asked to go find their stuffs somewhere else in the city of Amsterdam, and the bar & restaurant were redecorated Memphis-style. But the most important change was at the doors of Melkweg: there would not be 1 standard single entrance fee anymore. More variety in the entrance fees for several types of programs would make a more wider programming possible.

In seven separate rooms, 5 different disciplines found their way; music, theatre/dance, figurative art, film and video. In the year 1984, also an art gallery was opened. The Municipal Office of Amsterdam re-classified Melkweg from “youth activity centre” to “arts centre” in 1987, to acknowledge her growing importance in the cultural and art fields. During the Eighties, Melkweg became a breeding ground for new bands, art styles and musical genres. Many popular bands would later play their first Dutch concert or even their first European gig in Melkweg, amongst them are The Cure, U2, Simple Minds, Pearl Jam and Nirvana.

In 1982 Melkweg was the first club to book a populair African band in The Netherlands. Non-Western music, especially from Africa, Middle- and en South-America, like reggae, became an important part of the Music programming and it lead in 1983 to the start of the annual festival called Africa Roots, later renamed to World Roots en today it is called the Amsterdam Roots Festival. In the Melkweg theatre many foreign groups were programmed, next to Dutch theatre companies. In Melkweg these theatre groups were being able to experiment, and to develop new styles.

However, because of financial setbacks caused by the recession halfway the 1980’s, the management of Melkweg was forced to make some very unpopular decisions. It was decided to change the programming drastically, and to cut on the costs of Melkweg staff. This caused a lot of tension inside the Melkweg organization, and even resulted in a week long occupation of the Melkweg building by Melkweg staff in October 1987.

Melkweg, the Nineties: The Max

Since the early 1980’s every field of art was independently programmed within the total Melkweg organization. Programming was based upon the artistic freedom, choices and possibilities of the individual programmer. There was an ever growing interest by the audience in theatre and dance events, and the Photo Fairs in the gallery attracted more and more attention too, even from the media. With special events, the different art fields would surplus each other however, like with the annual World Roots Festival (now called Amsterdam Roots Festival), and all different art fields would present their own programs within a central theme.

In the early Nineties the number of visitors remained stable around an annual average of 160,000. Because of the wide variety in the programming, the audience would be varied in the same way. Trendsetting people would find their way to Melkweg during the Euopean outbreak of Electronic Dance Music. Melkweg however, lacked a bigger concert room with a capacity of around 1,000 visitors. This would soon be solved. Since 1986, The National Ballet Company hired a huge storage room on the ground floor of Melkweg, but in 1993 the costs for a full renovation of this room were finally covered. In July 1993 the Amsterdam Municipal Office decided to sponsor 1,5 million Dutch guilders, where the total costs were indicated to be 5 million in total. In 1995 the rest of this 5 million was gathered from several sources, and at the end of October 1995 the new club was opened. It was called “The Max”, to honor 1 of the major sponsors’ drinks: Pepsi.

1996 was the first year of the completely renewed Melkweg. Programming, organization and audience had changed drastically. The number of concerts and dance-events had doubled. Famous bands paid a visit to Melkweg more often after the opening of The Max. Adding to the attraction of Melkweg was the possibility to have 2 bands playing at the same time, so the audience could often check out several bands at the same night. At the end of the Nineties the number of visitors had grown to a stunning 300,000 and more per year again.

Melkweg, the past five years

At the end of the Nineties the number of concerts didn’t grow anymore, there were even lesser and lesser pop- and rock concerts being programmed. But the number of dance events was growing rapidly on the other hand. Very popular events were the monthly HQ-Party, the TimeMachine Nights and a weekly dance night event on Saturday: the Dance Arena. In the meantime, world famous artists like Blondie, Smashing Pumpkins and Massive Attack would hit the stages of Melkweg and they would be accompanied by younger talents from The Netherlands and abroad.

On the fields of World Music, Melkweg developed itself as an important meeting place for the growing group of “newcoming dutchies”, with nights like “Soirée Sénégalaise” (West-Africa), “Now Roez” (Iran) and “Festa Do Redondo” (Brazil). A wide variety of national and international artists can be seen in Melkweg, amongst them Cheb Mami (Algeria), Femi Kuti (Nigeria) and Sabri Brothers (Pakistan). Also remarkable to note: since the cooperation with Concertgebouw Amsterdam in 1996 and later on with the Tropeninstituut (Tropical Institute), the current Amsterdam Roots Festival has grown to a new level.

Besides that, also the non-music related disciplines at Melkweg are developing, and they also grow to new levels. In 1999 and 2000, both the theatre and the cinema were renovated. In the cinema some major improvements were made to the technical facilites, new chairs were installed and the sound gear was improved too. Square meters were added to the Melkweg Theatre and the audience capacity was raised to 140. The stairs and the entrance to the top floor of Melkweg was replaced and rebuild at the main entrance of the building. All this together resulted in a huge new impulse to the programming of both disciplines aforementioned.

Melkweg Theatre, since the year 2000, becomes more and more the ultimate platform for Modern Dance, mime playing and multimedia. Melkweg Cinema has developed since the end of the 1990’s to the only cult cinema in The Netherlands. Long forgotten movie genres like martial arts, mondo and monster movies are being programmed, with great success. Also series of movies are shown around themes, like a certain director, a certain actor, or belonging to the same (cult) genre. Melkweg Gallery is more and more acknowledged in the professional photography, and the gallery is well-known internationally. The works of photography, shown during the many exhibitions that are organized, are more and more considered to be a work of art, instead of a sole documented moment. Since the year 2000 Melkweg is proud to have an annual visitors rate of 315,000 up to 330,000.

Note: These artful YouTube videos, edited to Smashing Pumpkins singles, rarities and b-sides (mostly from the MCIS era), are made by “maeghan1edits”. Thanks for making them, they were happily added to this article!

Smashing Pumpkins @ Melkweg, Amsterdam (NL) – Part II

We managed to talk to John van Luyn, Music Programmer of Melkweg. He is a long time employee of Melkweg, and beware, he has a LOT to tell! Let’s have a look behind the black curtains of rock ‘n’ roll…

Arthur: The Smashing Pumpkins, being a touring band pur sang, have been playing in The Netherlands numerous times. Their very first concert outside the US and Canada was even in this little, flat country overseas! Maybe some hardcore fans will remember where and when: Ein Abend in Wien Festival, De Doelen, Rotterdam, on the first of September, 1991.

Oh, and still remember another famous Dutch concert in Rotterdam a year later, when the Smashing Pumpkins played the Metropolis Festival? You just have to see this first before we continue with the interview! Watch the dresses, guys!

But, it has to be said, the Smashing Pumpkins hardly played the same venue twice or more in The Netherlands, except for the Pinkpop Festival on several dates, and the Melkweg venue in Amsterdam (20-01-1992 and 12-12-1995). In this interview with you, John van Luyn, Music Programmer for the Melkweg, we try to unveil some of the hidden treasures in the history of this theatre, and of course we will focus in detail on the Smashing Pumpkins playing there. John, would you like to tell us a bit more about the Melkweg theatre that adds to the introductional part I above? History of the building, which famous bands are you able to hire for a gig, what spicy anecdotes do you have for us about this theatre in Amsterdam?

John: The Melkweg or Milky Way used to be a milk factory, the factory never produced milk and no cow was ever seen, but the milk was delivered in huge trucks and the workers at the factory bottled it. After that inspiring period the director of the factory decided to leave this planet and a few hippies squatted the building, the Grateful Dead came to memorize the moment and a music-club started. Thousands of bands came to play, amongst them U2, the Police, Pigmeat, Nirvana, Destiny’s Child, Pearl Jam, Green Day and the Smashing Pumpkins. The spicy anecdotes are numerous, I can write a book about it and probably will be millionaire and loose that money in court if I really write it.

Arthur: I think I would give it a try anyway… (winks at John) John, you work as a Music Programmer for Melkweg. How and when did your career start at Melkweg? And with what activities is an average working day of a Music Programmer filled with?

John: I started to work at the Melkweg in 1988. So I work there far too long, according to some people. What I do on an average day is not really that exciting unless you Pumpkins-fans are terribly interested in mature porn.

Arthur: Hehehe… But now, we are getting pretty curious anyway how Melkweg was able to hire the Smashing Pumpkins. The gig they played in 1992 suited their second visit of Europe (they toured in Europe in January and February of that same year) but they were not a really well-known band yet, at that time. How was contact being made in 1992? Were you maybe involved in hiring them in 1992 too?

John: In 1991 I attended the New Music Seminar in New York and met Billy Corgan, I spoke with him for about an hour or so and because I was so intrigued by the first Pumpkins-album and I believed everything he said. Back in Holland I convinced the Metropolis-festival to book them and also got them in the Melkweg.

Arthur: A world famous second gig at Melkweg was played by the Smashing Pumpkins in December 1995. On the 12th to be exact. World famous, because it was a secret gig, it came out of the blue for everyone, but it was broadcast on VPRO Radio however. Also, the concert resulted in CD bootlegs like “Mellon Collie At The Max”. The most astonishing thing around this concert however, was the fact that the Smashing Pumpkins only did a handful of concerts in early 1995 in the US, then only a few gigs in Europe (2 in Ireland, and 2 festivals in UK and Belgium) in August, and meanwhile they were writing, practicing and recording like crazy in 1995, to finally release their most successful album to date in October of that year: Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. Then, after a bit more than a month of preparation, they started the Mellon Collie world tour, that lasted more than 1 year, in… Melkweg Amsterdam! Of all places! Now, how was Melkweg able to book the Smashing Pumpkins for this special event? John, could you please tell us in detail how that went along?

John: I never really knew why they decided to play the Melkweg again in 1995 but I like to believe it’s due to the fact I could get along with Big Bill really well, we liked each other. Big Bill was their tour manager and more and is currently working for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, I still wish Bill all the best.

Arthur: So the December 1995 gig was planned and all. How was it marketed, how did you tell the world out there that this special, secret gig was about to take place? Was it sold out? Where many VIP people attending the show?

John: We did no publicity at all and quite frankly I have no idea how the tickets were sold, what I do remember is 10 fans who stand on the bridge hoping to hear something of the gig, when the Pumpkins started I saw it was not too crowded and let these 10 people in for free, these people were so happy at that time, I will never forget their faces.

Arthur: John, do you maybe remember the difference in fee that you guys had to pay the Smashing Pumpkins in 1992 and in 1995? Must have been slightly different, right? Or, if you cannot share this info right now and here (which is understandable), do you maybe remember the difference in the ticket price you guys charged the visitors to both gigs of the Smashing Pumpkins?

John: This is a boring question. Let me teach you one thing: look at the ticket price, take out 10% for VAT and PR’s and estimate how many people are in the venue, a few thousand Dollars, Yens, Euros stay in the club and the rest of the money goes to the band.

Arthur: Ah, right. Not that we know much more now… But it’s a delicate subject anyway. Do you also remember the difference in attitude of the band between 1992 and 1995? I mean, in just a few years they had grown from a not-so-big-band-yet (at least not in Europe, let’s be honest), to the hottest rock act of the Nineties. Did that change the band members, where they less easy to approach, or did they have more expensive dressing room wishes, for example?

John: This is a weird question, I will tell something later on. I don’t agree the Pumpkins were the hottest band in the nineties, sorry to say this, but Nirvana overruled them and so did Sublime and Jane’s Addiction, it’s a matter of taste, I know, but still. If the success did something with the band members is an ironic question, one overdosed if I’m correct. And if you really want to know, Billy wanted soup in the dressing room and when I met him he was eating his soup and said hello.

Arthur: What do you remember of the equipment that the band was carrying around in 1992? And what had changed in 1995?

John: I like music but I’m not a technician, I take it they got more expensive stuff on the road the second time but honestly don’t know.

Arthur: John, did you attend 1 or both of the 1992 and 1995 shows? How would you describe the atmosphere? How would you describe the show? The audience?

John: Both shows were really good and the audience existed of boys and girls, men and women, no dogs allowed (I’m pretty sure about that last detail).

Arthur: Finally, are there any anecdotes, special stories, maybe even gossips, that you remember from 1992, 1995, or later, related to the Smashing Pumpkins? Remember, your words will be put on the internet, for hundreds or even thousands of Smashing Pumpkins fans to be read…

John: So you wanna hear a story, a true anecdote, here you go, this is your favorite band, eat it: Two years ago the Pumpkins were booked for a festival in Greece. Unfortunately Greece was on fire that summer and so was the festival-site, it was a true disaster, worldwide news. It’s common bands receive half of their money in advance as a deposit and the other half after the gig. Other bands like Franz Ferdinand and the Manic Street Preachers immediately returned their deposits and wished the people in Greece all the best. Not the Pumpkins, they wrote: The band is willing and able to play and expect their full fee.

Thanks John, for this interview. It was great talking to you, and thanks for your honesty and detailed information. You know, we, the fans of this band, almost never get to hear the point of view from a Music Programmer. We are damn glad that you took the time to fill us in and hook us up. Rock on, John!

Note: previous to this interview session, we were also in contact with other people from Melkweg. Both John and his colleagues at Melkweg confirmed to us that nothing could be found in the Melkweg Archives anymore, like tickets, posters, contracts, recordings, etc. We have to wait for Frank Quinto of SP.com and his release policy, if we will ever see any material about these 2 gigs in Amsterdam. Meanwhile, we can (and will!) enjoy the existing recording of VPRO Radio for the 1995/12/12 concert, available on a few bootlegs (see pics in this article).

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Update 2012/08/18 – some footage of the Melkweg, Amsterdam show of 1995/12/12 can be seen in this documentary: