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.