Smashing Pumpkins make semi-reunion official, unveil tour
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The Smashing Pumpkins made it official on Thursday (February 15th), announcing the "Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour." The semi-reunion trek will mark the first time in nearly 20 years that founding members William Corgan on vocals and guitar, Jimmy Chamberlin on drums and James Iha on guitar will tour together, along with latter-era guitarist Jeff Schroeder. The 36-city tour will kick off in Glendale, Arizona on July 12th and visit North American arenas throughout the summer, wrapping on September 7th in Boise, Idaho.
Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the general public starting next Friday, February 23rd at 10:00 a.m. local time and be available at SmashingPumpkins.com, LiveNation.com and via the Live Nation app.
Corgan said, "Some 30 years ago, as the Smashing Pumpkins, James Iha and I began a musical journey in the cramped rear bedroom of my father's house. And so it's magic to me that we're able to coalesce once more around the incredible Jimmy Chamberlin, to celebrate those songs we've made together."
Corgan added, "This show and staging will be unlike any we've ever done, and will feature a set unlike any we've ever played. For if this is a chance at a new beginning, we plan on ushering it in with a real bang."
The show will feature material exclusively off the first five Pumpkins albums, from their debut Gish to the last LP to feature the original lineup, Machina: The Machines Of God.
- Corgan said for years that he did not want the Pumpkins to be a nostalgia act: "To go back under the Smashing Pumpkins name engendered a lot of people expecting us to be nothing more than a reunion band, playing its greatest hits, and with a fan base not particularly keen to listen to the new music. What I try to tell people that get caught up in the reunion kind of concepts -- like where are the original members and stuff like this -- the band was founded on an idea that it must be progressive and it must always be moving forward."
- Still unknown is who will play bass on the tour, as original bassist D'arcy Wretzky will apparently not participate. Corgan has reportedly hired Jack Bates, son of Joy Division co-founder Peter Hook.
- Earlier in the week, the Pumpkins denied claims by Wretzky that an invite for her to join the reunited band was later rescinded. D'arcy alleged in an interview with BlastEcho that Corgan sent her a contract that was agreed upon, only to later say that she would only be allowed to make appearances at select shows.
Confirmed Smashing Pumpkins tour dates (subject to change):
July 12 - Glendale, AZ - Gila River Arena
July 14 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena
July 16 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
July 17 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
July 18 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
July 20 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
July 21 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
July 22 - Atlanta, GA - Infinite Energy Arena
July 24 - Miami, FL - AmericanAirlines Arena
July 25 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
July 27 - Baltimore, MD - Royal Farms Arena
July 28 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
July 29 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
July 31 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
August 1 - New York City, NY - Madison Square Garden
August 4 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena
August 5 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
August 7 - Montreal, QC - Centre Bell
August 8 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
August 11 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
August 13 - Chicago, IL - United Center
August 16 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
August 17 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse
August 19 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
August 20 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center
August 21 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford Premier Center
August 24 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena
August 25 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
August 27 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
August 28 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
August 30 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
September 1 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
September 2 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena
September 4 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Smart Home Arena
September 5 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
September 7 - Boise, ID - Ford Idaho Center