Pumpkins: If All Goes Wrong
for an intimate meeting
with the Smashing Pumpkins in a
set If All Goes Wrong
includes a first live concert release...
LED BY CONTROVERSIAL VOCALIST Billy Corgan, in 2007 the re-united and re-vamped
multi-platinum band Smashing Pumpkins burst back into the limelight at two residencies
one in Asheville, North Carolina, and the other in San Francisco,
California, marking a return to the US music scene.
The Smashing Pumpkins: If All Goes Wrong is a double DVD commemorative
package presented by Coming Home Media a beautifully-shot, 105-minute
documentary on the first disc and a live show on the second disc that offers
a rare insight into the making of their latest album Zeitgeist, followed
by a fourteen-song concert recorded live at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco
featuring six previously unreleased tracks.
Containing over four hours of material, this release celebrates the reunion
and the extraordinary twenty-year career of the Smashing Pumpkins, said to be
one of rock's defining and most acclaimed bands. Belgium's most prominent annual
film event, The Ghent Film Festival, screened If All Goes Wrong in October
(2008) as part of the iTunes music documentary competition.
22 June, 2007, sees the Smashing Pumpkins arrive in Asheville for a residency
at The Orange Peel club following a successful European tour. The documentary
follows Smashing Pumpkins on the road and at their residencies, featuring fans,
associates and characters the band meets. It captures the band at a moment of
unprecedented creativity, crushing uncertainty and undeniable gravity and opens
up Smashing Pumpkins especially Billy to intimate exposure.
The talented and musically-savvy Smashing Pumpkins line-up is: Billy Corgan
(Guitar, Lead Vocals), Jimmy Chamberlin (Drums), Jeff Schroeder (Guitar), Ginger
Reyes (Bass) and Lisa Harriton (Keyboards).
There are interviews with band members, managers Jared Paul and Paul Geary,
fans, journalists and fellow musicians who reveal the fears, excitement, determination,
exhaustion and tension inherent in main singer-songwriter and lead guitarist
Billy Corgan and his newly revitalized musical unit. The now-expected F-word
drops in occasionally!
Billy's songs reflect moments in history and his life experiences, including
the sadness of his childhood. He can turn out a new song for inclusion in the
Smashing Pumpkins' act almost overnight and we see him at his creative best,
capturing the energy coming off the street. The band talks of past members James
and D'Arcy and their highs and lows and their expectations. For all their bravado,
Billy and his band seem, at times, quite vulnerable and sensitive.
14 July, 2007, sees the band arrive in San Francisco four days after
the Smashing Pumpkins release their first studio album in seven years: Zeitgeist.
The scenes around the club are fascinating as is the contrast of modern day
San Francisco with the city of 1906.
The second disc covers over two hours of full concert footage from the Fillmore
Residency, filmed in late July and early August from five of the eleven sold-out
nights. It is very visual and dynamic, with a sparkling performance from Smashing
Billy Corgan's fine voice and his thought-provoking lyrics are appealing
especially on Peace+Love, a good track with great musical input that
includes a harmonica. As Billy tackles each track with gusto the dramatic
and inspirational Lucky 13; melodic and heartfelt Death From Above;
the first class and lovely to listen to Gossamer; the quirky Heavy
Metal Machine and upbeat, catchy Untitled you can appreciate
the musical ease with which the band plays.
"We went into the residencies hopeful to play some new music, with the idea
I could write during the day and we could maybe even play new songs that same
night," says Billy Corgan. "What I didn't anticipate is how much the process
would inspire me, positively and negatively, to report what I was seeing and
feeling from the shows. The documentary shows that process in an interesting
way that reveals the link between the band and our audience."
It is great to hear those beautiful, long music introductions with a strong
input from drums and the band plays extremely well. Zeitgeist is simply
captivating. This package is superbly presented and is a great addition to any
fan's collection. The Concert disc is 5.1 Surround Sound; state-of-the-art high
definition from twelve cameras and features seven all-new tracks not available
anywhere else, along with new versions of fan favourites and a selection of
Smashing Pumpkins rarities.
Coming Home Media is proud to release Smashing
Pumpkins: If All Goes Wrong, a two-disc DVD set with over four hours of
content, including the band's first concert release, on 1 December (2008). Certificate:
E (Exempt) | DVD Running Time: 271 Minutes (Approx) | Catalogue No: CHS 10036
| Barcode: 4046661141092 | UK Distributor: Pinnacle.
DVD 1 Tracklisting
1 If All Goes Wrong documentary (104 minutes) | Bonus Features: Voices
Of The Ghost Children, a featurette about The Smashing Pumpkins' fans (11
mins) | Interview with The Who guitarist Pete Townshend (11 minutes)
DVD 2 Tracklisting (Live from The Fillimore Concert (110 minutes)
1 The Rose March | 2 Peace+Love* | 3 99 Floors* | 4 Blues
Skies Bring Tears |
5 Superchrist | 6 Lucky 13 | 7 Starla | 8 Death From
Above | 9 The Crying Tree Of Mercury | 10 Winterlong | 11
Heavy Metal Machine | 12 Untitled* | 13 No Surrender* |
14 Gossamer* | 15 Zeitgeist. *Previously unreleased tracks.
Bonus Features: Rehearsal from the Floor of the Fillmore 7.27.07 (30 mins).
1 99 Floors |
2 Peace+Love | 3 Mama* | 4 No Surrender | 5 Promise
Me*. *Previously unreleased tracks
Disc 1, The Documentary, is Directed by Jack Gulick (Bruce Springsteen, Metallica,
Steve Miller Band, Godsmack); Produced by Daniel E Catullo III (Steve Miller
Band, Godsmack, Rush, Dave Matthews Band) and Jack Gulick. Included are live
concert segments from The Fillmore Residency Directed by Daniel E Catullo III.
Original score is by Billy Corgan.
Disc 2, The Concert, is Directed by Daniel E Catullo III; Produced by Jack Gulick
and Daniel E Catullo III; Edited by Chris Lovett. Orginal Poster Art created
by Craig Howell. DVD Design: Illustration and Design is by Linda Strawberry;
and the Package is designed by Rodney Bowes.
"Smashing Pumpkins: If All Goes Wrong… very visual and dynamic with a
sparkling performance from Smashing Pumpkins" Maggie Woods, MotorBar
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