Smashing Pumpkins cover Hole’s “Malibu”, David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” — watch

A tribute to the Thin White Duke and a cover of a song Billy Corgan co-wrote

Photo by​ Philip Cosores

Billy Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins launched the second incarnation of their In Plainsong acoustic-electro tour in Portland, Oregon last night. The band brought quite an impressive setlist to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, one that included an assortment of covers.

On the nostalgic front, Corgan’s crew took on another icon of ’90s alternative, Hole. While Courtney Love may be a bit hit or miss when covering other people’s songs, the Pumpkins did “Malibu” justice. Being that Corgan himself co-wrote the track, the quality of his version might not be so surprising, but vocalist Katie Cole certainly does her part to bring it all home. Check out fan-shot video below (via Alternative Nation).

Earlier in the set, Corgan took front and center to pay tribute to the late David Bowie. He delivered a strictly acoustic cover of “Space Oddity”.

Check the entire setlist from the opening night of the In Plainsong tour, which also included a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Angie”.

The In Plainsong Tour continues tonight in Seattle and runs through the end of April. Find the full itinerary here.


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