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Zwan: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, February 12, 2003

Adam Sweeting, Uncut, April 2003

MEET THE NEW BILLY, considerably more cheerful than the old Billy. The last time I saw The Smashing Pumpkins was in the chilly gloom of the Dominion Theatre, and they were doing an excellent impersonation of a bunch of people each holding an air ticket for a different destination. It remains to be seen whether Zwan is really just Pumpkins:The Sequel, a smartly- packaged new vehicle for the obsessions and ambitions of Billy Corgan, but at the moment they look fired up and wired up, surfing on the energy of a fine debut album and obviously enjoying each other's company.

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