Bands playing full album sets in their entirety is a trend very much in vogue in recent years. From Metallica’s ‘Black Album’ set at Download, to the Wildhearts touring with both ‘Earth Vs’. and ‘PHUQ’ in respective years.
The Offspring also blasted through their mega-hit record ‘Smash’ from start to finish.
But while many bands enjoy honouring anniversaries of their records in this way, don’t expect Billy Corgan to follow suit.
The Smashing Pumpkins main man has slammed the practice insisting it ‘smacks of consumerism.’
Speaking in Rolling Stone he bemoans: “The idea of getting up and playing an album that was never meant to be played live in that sequence smacks of consumerism.
“That stuff is the dregs of the music business. I have a hard time believing that everybody out there doing it really wants to do it.”
Corgan also believes his band have earned a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the musical bootprint they have left on the scene.
He says: “If it's a meritocracy, I think my band belongs in there because we were one of the prime bands of our era and we continue to be a top band.
“Next year will be, technically, our 30th year. So the fact that I've been in this band, you know, essentially 25 of the last 30 years, I think that says something."
He adds: "Whole genres of music get overlooked and people don't get put in because somebody's mad at somebody from 30 years ago
“I'm only speaking as a fan, but it's hard to trust the institution as a meritocracy when you have people in there who weren't very influential, didn’t sell a lot of records but because somebody somewhere was a fan, they're in.
“And then you have other people who were hugely influential and they go, 'Well, you know…'"