On the second night of 101WKQX’s The Nights We Stole Christmas, the line was down the blog and around the corner long before anyone had planned. One of the quickest ticket sales events ever, night two continued the weekend full of music. With Smashing Pumpkins, grandson, and Albert Hammond Jr., the Aragon Ballroom was packed from wall to wall with fans eager for the night ahead.
When Hammond Jr took the stage, the crowd was already packed towards the barricade. His signature rock sound took the ballroom to the next level, with guitar driven music that had Hammond jumping, dancing and moving around on the stage. As the audience learned more about The Strokes’ member’s solo project, they grew accustomed to his sound and personality and what made him such a great performer.
Next up, grandson took the stage with enormous energy and an almost overwhelming personality. Completely making a name for himself in the last year, grandson has already become well-known for his shocking statements about politics and current events and that was apparent in his entire set. He left the audience with their jaws dropped, although in a good way. After his set, some fans were seen eagerly running to meet grandson near the stage.
Finally, the moment everyone had been waiting for finally took place. Although Smashing Pumpkins just were in Chicago, performing at United Center, this was a much more intimate set for the band, with just 5,000 people in the audience compared to the past tour. As they took the stage, a colorful screen displayed images behind the band with massive imagery of the band’s most recent releases. Not only did Smashing Pumpkins bring their signature sound to The Nights We Stole Christmas, but also performed a Depeche Mode cover as well as a cover by The Cars. The band’s sound filled the room, capturing the attention of the full audience and making it a night to remember forever in their minds.
Check out photos from all three sets below!