Smashing Pumpkins Bring Gloomy Holiday Cheer to 'Jimmy Kimmel' With Rousing 'Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)': Watch

The Smashing Pumpkins on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
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The Smashing Pumpkins on Jimmy Kimmel Live! 

They also played the moody "Knights of Malta."

The Smashing Pumpkins wrecked Jimmy Kimmel Live with compelling performances of “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)” and “Knights of Malta” from their recent Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. album on Tuesday night (Dec. 11).  

The pioneering alt rock band opened their mini-set with “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts),” with frontman Billy Corgan donning a red coat over his silver dress and tear-like face paint, which contrasted with the rest of the band's all-black clothing. The screen behind them displayed a phantom-like woman.

Corgan worked the stage as grungy guitars lines moved the song forward. “Stunning and stunning and stunning the black,” he sang in his leathery voice, “You turn turncoat/ Inward to seek out all your hopes/ It's your signals/ That hurts me most/ We’re in the middle/ We’re in the middle, Ghosts.”

The rockers followed with “Knights of Malta,” the stage now brightened by a glittery gold rainbow behind them. A dramatic string-heavy riff led Corgan into the opening: “Find that open road/ Catch that blazing star/ And climb out of that hole/ To wonder where we are.”

“We're gonna make this happen/ I’m gonna fly forever,” he continued, lifting his arm toward the sky as he was joined by a choir of recorded backing vocals. “I’m gonna fly forever/ We're gonna ride that rainbow.”

Watch The Smashing Pumpkins take the Jimmy Kimmel stage below.