Perhaps you’ve reached the age where heading out for live music — or heading out for live music featuring the Smashing Pumpkins — just isn’t a viable option on a Friday night. The longtime band, promoters Live Nation and Twitter tried to give you a little help with that with a historic live stream from Seattle.
Smashing Pumpkins, the Chicago-based alternative rock band who rose to prominence during the early and mid-1990s, made a stop at KeyArena as part of their current North American tour — its first as a reunited band in nearly 20 years.
The concert was live streamed for free on Twitter as part of the Live Nation Concert series starting at about 8:15 p.m. Friday night, and it didn’t take much time for the hashtag #TheSmashingPumpkinsLive to become a top trend around the globe.
Tweets throughout the night Friday and into Saturday morning expressed the glee fans felt in a.) being able to see the Pumpkins play together again and b.) being able to see them play from the comfort of home. The live stream was very well received, especially by sleepy fans who stumbled across it outside outside of the Pacific time zone.
Streaming live from Key Arena on Twitter
This Friday, 8/24 @ 8:15pm PThttps://t.co/z5NFkd00Nv#TheSmashingPumpkinsLive pic.twitter.com/I2sPxFEbbB
— Smashing Pumpkins (@SmashingPumpkin) August 22, 2018
In a Twitter age of raging politics, it’s awesome #TheSmashingPumpkinsLive became top world thread. I still count @SmashingPumpkin’s hometown, multi-night stand at @AllstateArena during the “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” tour as a life changing. https://t.co/uVWMyb5Rk2
— Lou Brutus (@LouBrutus) August 25, 2018
Today is the greatest day for Twitter. More concerts please! #TheSmashingPumpkinsLive
— Danny Kelly (@Danikcus) August 25, 2018
i wish i knew about this earlier…… just decided to visit twitter on a whim. hope they do this again! #TheSmashingPumpkinsLive
— Ariana Melendez (@roselace91939) August 25, 2018
Everyone is sleeping, but I am wide awake with my headphones on full blast. Thank you!#TheSmashingPumpkinsLive
— Mross (@mrosswolvfan) August 25, 2018
I woke up to go to the bathroom and checked Twitter and found Smashing Pumpkins live from Seattle. How can I go back to sleep now? #SmashingPumpkins
— lisa lefker (@lisalefker) August 25, 2018
this is the greatest thing i’ve ever seen in my entire life. if this isnt released on blu ray i will never get over it #TheSmashingPumpkinsLive
— Scott Oliver (@The_Manski) August 25, 2018
Late but watching the show. Sooo good. So grateful for this free broadcast!!
— Yoome Park (@YoomePark) August 25, 2018
HD quality live streamed Pumpkins on my TV. Gotta love it. 20 years ago I kept my pc on all night to download a 5mb live version of Porcelina. #SmashingPumpkins pic.twitter.com/vAdCX0HJfl
— Mike F. (@Sec226Row15) August 25, 2018
Can’t get enough of @SmashingPumpkin watching them #livenation performance in Seattle… this footage is incredible!!! xoxo** 💜🤘🏼
— Megan Knouff (@LAMBinibabini) August 25, 2018
I paid good money to see these guys a number of times. You’re telling me they livestream on twitter for FREE!!!? Get off my lawn! #TheSmashingPumpkinsLive
— Brian Johnson (@Juanhijo) August 25, 2018
Thanks!! Last night was amazing! Excellent feed!! ❤️❤️❤️
— Andrea (@AndreaMendezC) August 25, 2018