The Smashing Pumpkins at the SECC, Glasgow, 30th October, 2000. I went to this gig with Keisgaig 'Miss KC' Ridley, my penpal from Wallsend, who was a fan of The Smashing Pumpkins. Getting to the gig and back was quite an adventure: Miss KC arrived in Edinburgh in the late afternoon, and we went to Waverley Station to get a train to Glasgow only to discover that the trains weren't running due to flooding caused by recent torrential rain. We therefore rushed to St. Andrew Square to get a bus, but it was a long, slow journey on a bus with no toilet, and we were both absolutely bursting for a pish by the time we arrived in Glasgow. Hell is a bus with no toilet! We eventually arrived at the SECC shortly before the band came on stage. The return journey was no less of a hassle: the gig finished late and we were just in time to catch the last eastbound train from Finnieston, which arrived at Glasgow Central about four minutes before the last train to Edinburgh was due to depart from Queen Street. We piled into a taxi in a mad rush and sprinted to catch the Edinburgh train at Queen Street with seconds to spare. What a nightmare! And on top of all that, the gig was a pile of crap. The Smashing Pumpkins played a load of songs with which I was unfamiliar, even though their first three albums were amongst my most-played at the time, and the sound was awful. The keyboards were way too high in the mix and everything else was just an echoey racket.
Advertisement from Kerrang! for The Smashing Pumpkins' The Sacred and Profane tour, October 2000.
Ticket for The Smashing Pumpkins at the SECC, Glasgow, 30th October, 2000.