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Before headlining Pohoda festival on Thursday night, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins hung out with Slovak journalists in the press center for about 15 minutes.
It seemed to inspire an excellent 90-minute performance, where Billy led the band driving the voodoo down.
Corgan seemed relax and friendly with the Slovakian crowd. During a break half-way through the show, which began at midnight, he joked about how in Cinderella, “pumpkins get angry after midnight. Is anybody angry?”
The crowd was pretty happy actually, despite cold weather. The band played a few hits in the middle third of the show, and finished with some lengthy tripped-out jams that reminded fans of why Smashing Pumpkins are still relevant after two decades.
Sounding tight and energized, they remain one of the best bands on tour, and few bands
can match their history of being popular, edgy and progressive at the same time.