Back in 1994 I went to see the Smashing Pumpkins during their Siamese Dream tour. I went with my friend Tim and it was my first concert without adult supervision (the previous concerts being Bon Jovi and MC Hammer with Vanilla Ice). On our way there I remember discussing the music Tim and we kept referring to the lead singer which at the time we did not know his name. To help the conversation we gave him the name Bobby Johan. The name stuck for about five years.
I saw Smashing Pumpkins for the second time almost 13 years later at SDSU Open Air Theater and they were just as good now as they were then if not better. I went by myself this time and had a seat unlike the 1994 concert where I got to push my way to the front and get sprayed down by a security guard to keep everyone from over heating. However, the rows were not clear and at one point a guy said I was in his seat. I asked him if this was row “J” (my row) and he said it was row “H”. I hopped one back and that guy said I was in his seat and that I was now in row “K”. I was kind of frustrated that I went from row H to K but hopped one more back where there was a gap. Made me wish for the old days where I could push my way forward instead of having people whine me backwards.
Still, I had a blast and the Smashing Pumpkins put on a great show.