Oh my gosh.
Where do I even begin this?!?!
*deeeeep breath* I’m getting overly excited here. First off! As you know from my last blog post, I mentioned this one will be all about the Smashing Pumpkins concert I went to in the Bay Area!!!
Let’s address my outfit first, before I dive into the real fun!
I went for a whimsical look, inspired by the Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness album aesthetic. Here’s a closer look at my accessories:
Overall, I reeeeeally love how my outfit turned out! ♥ The dress is a 1960’s nightgown, altered into a dress for day wear.
So!!! My friend and I arrived at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. The venue was huge! Oakland is right next to San Francisco, in case you’re unfamiliar with the city.
A brief background: The tour, Shiny and Oh So Bright, featured their original songs from the 90’s. It went through songs from Gish (1991) through Machina/The Machines of God (2000). Thus, it was one gigantic wave of nostalgia! The entire audience was so into it…the energy was amazing there.
Besides the amazing music, the other thing that completely fascinated me with this concert were the VISUALS.
This was not just a concert. It was pure art, in every way. Billy Corgan’s artistry goes above and beyond. Throughout the duration of the concert, the backdrop visuals told a story that corresponded with the sequence of the songs played.
They played some real gems during this show, and secretly I had hoped beforehand, Pleeeease play ‘Porcelina of the Vast Oceans’. I didn’t want to get my hopes up but…they did!!! You should have seen the place; it totally erupted in happy shouting once those first few sounds of the guitar opened and the lighting turned blue. EPIC!
AND JUST WHEN I LEAST EXPECTED IT…they played The Beginning is the End is the Beginning.
I involuntarily squealed much like a child, not believing my ears…they’re really playing this gem?!?!! The song from Batman and Robin that I literally played on repeat when I was 10 years old?!?!?!
Towards the end of the concert, they played the even more anticipated songs, such as Tonight, Tonight and 1979.
I had a feeling it would hit me at some point, and it did; when Tonight, Tonight broke out, I felt my eyes get watery. The night suddenly felt overwhelmingly amazing and memorable; this was the first band I got into as a child, you see. It all started when my babysitter’s grunge-loving son, in his baggy ripped jeans and flannel plaid shirts, would invite his friends over and put on Siamese Dream or Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
I was what – maybe 8 or 9 back then? And here I am now at age 30, finally seeing them live. I’ll always remember this night. ♥
On the way out of Oakland, I realized how much I really do love the Bay Area. It has been so long since I’d been there. The one thing I oddly love the most about it is the fog. It looked so beautifully dark and eerie, seeing the lights of San Francisco reflect on the clouds above. ♥