Local filmmaker and Twitter personality, Billy Corben, took the stage at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater last night to play an acoustic set of songs from Smashing Pumpkins’ 1993 album Siamese Dream. Marketed simply as “Billy Corben Performs Songs From Siamese Dream”, tickets quickly sold out as scores of yuppie Gen-Xers reasonably assumed the show would actually feature Smashing Pumpkins’ front man Billy Corgan.
“I thought it was a typo!”, explained 36-year-old graphic designer Debora Hoffman. “Do you know how difficult it was for me to find a sitter? Tickets were $125.00! I don’t get it, who the fuck is Billy Corben anyway?”
Mr. Corben, of course, is the controversial filmmaker behind Miami-centric documentaries like Cocaine Cowboys 2 and Square Grouper. Known more for his sharp wit than his musical chops, the 40-year-old local performed Smashing Pumpkins’ classic shoegazing album in its entirety with a sort of off-tune nebbish charm that would have been kind of endearing if it weren’t so god-damn infuriating.
“That was the worst concert I have been to in my entire life,” said Ms. Hoffman. “It wouldn’t have even been so bad if he would have just sung the fucking songs, but he kept interrupting himself to make jokes about Carlos Alvarez.”
When asked to comment, Mr. Corben admitted that the show was misleadingly marketed to maximize ticket sales, telling the Plantain that he needed the money to fund a documentary he is working on about the Miami roots of 2LiveCrew’s front man Luther Campbell. The documentary, tentatively called “Uncle Luke, I Am Your Father”, is scheduled to be released in August.