I’m sure a lot of my classmates will agree that taking photos at concerts is not the easiest task. It’s usually very dark, people are bumping into you, and half the time flash photography isn’t allowed. But when you can manage to get in there with a camera and snap a few photos of an amazing band, the crowd, and the atmosphere…it feels great to look back at that photo and think “I was right there in the middle of it.” So I thought I would share a few pictures I took when the Smashing Pumpkins did their residency at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. They were promoting their long-awaited album Zeitgeist and this was their first big tour in 7 years. I went with my sister, mom, and mom’s friend to their opening show on Saturday, June 23, 2007. I’ve included a few of the pictures I took below.

Also, while we were there my mom got pulled by SPIN magazine writers and photographers to be interviewed. I almost didn’t believe it when she told me. I had been reading SPIN for years and now my mom was going to be in their magazine and on their web page. I was a little jealous but I had to admit that she achieved “cool mom status” with that one. If you want to check out SPIN’s take on the show, their photos or my mom’s blurb (she’s the one in pink), you can go here.

The lineup.

The lineup.

Drummer Jimmy Chamberlain

Drummer Jimmy Chamberlain

Billy Corgan and guitarist Jeff Schneider

Billy Corgan and guitarist Jeff Schneider

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