Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Tour Begins in July
By Andrew Magnotta
February 15, 2018
Smashing Pumpkins have announced that three of the original four members of the band will reunite this summer to celebrate the band's first five albums.
Frontman Billy Corgan made little effort to keep the plan secret over the past month or two, but the tour announcement was still being met with excitement by the fans.
Corgan, co-founding guitarist James Iha and co-founding drummer Jimmy Chamberlain are slated to get back on the road with longtime Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Shroeder (a member since 2007) in the Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour, beginning in July.
Pumpkins announced that the band is moving to a three-guitar lineup "to better emulate the signature tones and textures of their albums.”
The setlist will reportedly pull from the band's first five album, Gish, Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Adore and Machina/The Machines of God.
Corgan said in a statement that the "show and staging will be unlike anything 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."
Conspicuously absent from the reunion is co-founding bassist D'Arcy Wretzky. Also absent from the release is clarification on who will handle bass duties on the jaunt, scheduled to begin this summer.
The reclusive Wretzky has attacked Corgan in the past for allegedly lying to her about the reunion and rescinding an offer to reunite with her former band. She also lashed out at Chamberlain for being part of it.
Corgan later responded saying Wretsky has for years refused his overtures to be involved in anything Pumpkins-related.
Corgan, Iha and Chamberlain had reportedly been in the studio with famed producer Rick Rubin in January working on music for a future release, but it doesn't seem like that music will see a release before this fall.
Smashing Pumpkins Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour Dates:
07/12 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
07/14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
07/16 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
07/17 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
07/18 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
07/20 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
07/21 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Centre
07/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
07/24 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
07/25 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
07/27 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
07/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
07/29 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
07/31 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
08/01 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
08/04 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
08/05 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
08/07 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
08/08 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
08/11 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
08/13 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
08/16 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
08/17 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
08/19 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
08/20 – Omaha, NE @ Centurylink Center
08/21 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
08/24 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
08/25 – Portland, OR @ MODA Center
08/27 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
08/28 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
08/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Forum
09/01 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
09/02 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
09/04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
09/05 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
09/07 – Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center
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