Flashback Friday: Tarantula

In 2007 the Smashing Pumpkins released their first single since Untitled back in 2000. Tarantula comes from the Smashing Pumpkins gold record Zeitgeist, which they released in July of 2007. The song’s music video (below) is a live performance video like The Everlasting Gaze but with extras playing the song at the same time.

The band performed this song live when they were on Letterman back in 2007 and is perhaps the best known Zeitgeist era song. Reaching number 1 on the UK Rock Charts and number 2 on the US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks.

Billy said the song is a real nod to UFO and Scorpions. Billy later told Uli Roth of the Scorpions that when he did the solo for Tarantula he wanted to play a solo the way Uli plays guitar.

Tarantula was last played live in December of 2010 at XERTA-FM’s “Wrex the Halls”.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNkRcGISfnE]