With the Smashing Pumpkins now smack in the middle of their nine-show residency at the Orange Peel, it’s only natural that we locals would make a game out of our brief, non-musical brushes with the band that helped define the rock sound of the 1990s. Who can blame us for wanting to hear these tales?
For instance, a barista at a local coffee shop recently told me about how genial Billy Corgan was when he came in for a tea, remarking that he handled the gawkers and semi-sycophants that instantly glommed onto him with the demeanor of a true professional. Others, such as this story from Corgan’s own blog, detail seemignly un-rock-star stuff, such as being smooched by a sock monkey. (It’s worth noting that this image was snapped by local sock monkey connoisseur Michael Traister.)
Given that there are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of such stories now floating around the town, we thought it’d be a good idea to provide a place for Xpress readers to share their stories. Post your experience with the band in the comment fields below, but please read the following ground rules first.
1. No griping about not getting tickets, your personal problems with the Orange Peel or your problems with the non-locals who have come to town for the show. There’s another thread for this.
2. Keep on topic, be polite and keep with the spirit of the thread. The last thing we want this to become is a troll-fest.
3. No fake posts about events that didn’t happen. We’re only interested in actual stories about encounters with the band.
4. If you have photos or video of the band uploaded on a blog or Flickr account, feel free to paste the URL in your comments. If there is questionable material on the site that isn’t safe for others to view in a public situation (such as work), please mark it with the phrase “Not Work Safe” prior to the URL.