I just love that artists are championing the ukulele these days: Train’s Jimmy Stafford learned how to play the uke just for the opening of their hit single “Hey, Soul Sister,” Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo apparently likes smashing them and now Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan is ending his set with one.
The Smashing Pumpkins kicked off their intimate summer tour with last night’s show at the Viper Room in Hollywood, Calif., and according to Spin.com, Corgan whipped out the four-string for a solo acoustic version of “Love is the Sweetest Thing.”
As Spin reports, Corgan told the crowd that he had “waited a long time to play this thing.”
Unfortunately, it didn’t last long. After about a minute of dealing with hecklers, Corgan told the audience, “I love you all, but I’m too old for this shit.” Even though he finished the performance there and then, spinner.com notes that the Pumpkins frontman did so in good spirits.
Watch the video clip below and also be sure to check out Spin’s full show review and a great photo of said ukulele here.