There's something obscenely special about seeing a band in a tiny venue. There's an intensity in the eye contact and a thrill in how the whole thing could fall apart at any second. There's nowhere to hide and no room to fuck it up. There's something about that magic that occurs when there are not many people in the room and where the small details really make the difference. And when the venue is the historic BBC Maida Vale Studios and the band performing are Smashing Pumpkins, well, it is really rather a very special occasion indeed.

In the run up to the release of their ninth studio album Monuments to an Elegy, released on Monday 6th December 2014, Billy Corgan and Jeff Shroeder, the only two members that remain from the original line-up, played a very special one-off show for BBC Radio 6 Music. With Rage Against The Machine's Brad Wilk on drums and The Killers' Mark Stoermer on bass, the four-piece proved to be an absolute monster of a group. From the first crashes of 'One and All (We Are)' on a minimally decorated stage where a few bare, spindly model trees stood, it became blatantly clear that everybody was going to walk away feeling very deaf by the end of the hour-long performance. It really felt like Smashing Pumpkins were in your living room just having a jam session for your eyes only, made all the more intense by the fantastic sound that has made Maida Vale studios so famous.

When you get to see musicians perform these kinds of shows, it's like looking at them through a magnifying glass. You get to see the professionalism involved and the intricate details of the set that get lost in the bigger venues. Besides completely bursting my eardrums and leaving me with tinnitus for a full 24 hours on the trot, the set was utterly astonishing, and focused heavily on the new album, but featured a few surprises including 'Tonight, Tonight' and 'Disarm', (a song which was ironically banned by the BBC when it was first released.) The special show closed with an electrifying cover of David Bowie's 'Fame' that saw Corgan blast into a behemoth rock warlord whilst Wilk smashed the absolute life out of his drum kit with such unrelenting power that it left you open-mouthed. It was at once spine-tinglingly intimate whilst simultaneously being magnanimously huge.

This was only the beginning to Smashing Pumpkins week of performing with their famous friends, as they brought Marilyn Manson onto the stage at their performance that night at London Koko, and also brought on Ninja from Die Antwoord for their cover of David Bowie's 'Fame' when performing in Paris.

The full set was broadcast live on Lauren Laverne's show and will be broadcast via the BBC red button early 2015.