I was planning on spending last Saturday binge-watching the new season of Black Mirror on Netflix. But at about 3:30 in the afternoon, I saw a Facebook post from the Taos newspaper that said that Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins and local musicians Robert Mirabal and Robbie Romero had just announced that they’d be doing a free show that evening.
Taos is just a short drive for me, so some friends and I made the drive up. For a show that was announced just a couple hours before, it managed to draw a large crowd. Even though we we arrived a little late, we somehow managed to end up in the front row when the doors opened.
I know that diehard fans always appreciate seeing a setlist from every live show, but I’m afraid I couldn’t be much help. I was a little to young to understand Siamese Dream when it came out, and I could never save up enough allowance money for the double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. But even in his 50s, his voice is still strong as ever.
Robert Mirabal joined him on the last couple tracks on the flute. His band performed the bulk of the night, and it’s totally worth seeing them live if they ever come through your town. I could listen to jam band rock all day, and this band was one of the best I’ve seen live. Robbie Romero came out to play a couple of his songs, and then Billy Corgan rejoined the band to play a couple of covers I did know, “Landslide” and “All Along The Watchtower.”
A free show from a musician who was all over the radio and TV during my high school years, and an awesome band I hadn’t heard before but will definitely go see again. In one of my favorite towns in the country. What a cool way to end 2017.