Smashing Pumpkins kicked off their acoustic In Plainsong tour Tuesday night in Portland, Oregon. Among the stripped down hits that peppered the show’s lineup, the band charged through a number of covers, including Hole’s “Malibu.”
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan penned the track in 1998 alongside Hole’s Courtney Love and Eric Erlandson. Though Australian singer and Pumpkins contributor Katie Cole ultimately took lead on vocals, the song’s inclusion in the Pumpkins’ set is an interesting choice for Corgan given his volatile relationship with Love over the years. The pair dated off and on before Love married Kurt Cobain and after his death; Corgan even lived with Love for a time in 2006. However, the friendship took a sour turn following several harsh exchanges in 2010.
“I have no interest in supporting her in any way, shape, or form. You can’t throw enough things down the abyss with a person like that,” Corgan told Rolling Stone at the time. Shortly after, the two shared a bitter back-and-forth on Twitter, with Corgan accusing Love of using his contributions to Hole’s Nobody’s Daughter LP without his permission. “If you can’t write your own songs, maybe you should just be happy that you fooled someone into doing your work for you,” he wrote, among a smattering of other jabs.
The Rolling Stones’ “Angie” and David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” also landed on Tuesday night’s docket, adding Smashing Pumpkins to the flock of musicians who have covered Bowie since his January death. Watch fan clips from the set below.
The In Plainsong tour runs through April 20. Following the trek, Smashing Pumpkins will head back to the studio to record a new album. Corgan is also working on a documentary about America.