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Watch: The Pumpkins smash Leno

on April 21, 2010, 10:36am

It’s hard to find a reason to watch Jay Leno. No, seriously. The man’s “retooled” Tonight Show presents nothing of worth. The same idiot fans run to him at the beginning of the program (money talks?), his monologue gets hammier and hammier (even after close to 20 years), and Kevin Eubanks plays the same riff again (and can someone tell him he doesn’t have to laugh anymore since he’s leaving anyhow). In sum, Jay Leno could give this writer an aneurysm any time or place. So, why the fuck would he be watching the show?

Well, truth be told, he didn’t.

Thanks to TwentyFourBit,  I didn’t have to wait around all night for the Smashing Pumpkins appearance. Following up his Record Store Day gig, and taking notes from The Doors’ Soft Parade-era, Billy Corgan put together quite the motley crew for a live rendition of the incredibly sub-par tune, “Widow Wake My Mind”, which you can find off of the soon-to-be-released EP, Teargarden by Kaleidoscope: Vol. 1 Songs for a Sailor. Alongside regulars Jeff Schroeder and Mike Byrne, you’ll notice one pregnant Linda Strawberry on keyboards. Though she’ll soon be replaced, it’s sort of nice to see her alongside Corgan once again. (Hey, if anyone stays around this band for over a year, you gotta hand it to them.) In the background, however, you’ll notice what looks like an Evangelical gospel choir, but if you’re mildly creeped out, don’t stare too long — especially at who’s leading ’em. As TwentyFourBit already asked, who brought the Shining twins?

You’ll have to see this one for yourself…

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