For Smashing Pumpkins fans, today may very well be the greatest day they’ve ever known.
It’s been a long time since the Pumpkins’ classic lineup was together. For years, front man/songwriter Billy Corgan was the main holdover from the alt/rock band’s heyday in the mid to late 1990s, when they exploded thanks to albums like Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness.
On Thursday, the band made a big announcement in a Facebook Live video: They’re back for a big 2018 reunion tour called ‘Shiny and Oh So Bright’ — well, minus original bassist D’arcy Wretzky, who has remain estranged from the group for some time. But the rest of the “core” lineup is involved: Corgan, guitarist James Iha, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and Jeff Schroeder, who’s been in the group since 2007.
As seen in the following tweet, the band promises to celebrate “songs from their first 5 albums, from Gish to Machina,” so you can rest assured this will be a hit-packed night and, maybe, not a foray to deep into Corgan’s experimental material (which he’s done for a while on his own tours).
The Smashing Pumpkins "Shiny And Oh So Bright" Tour – Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jeff Schroeder, and Jimmy Chamberlin celebrating songs from their first 5 albums from Gish to Machina. Tickets available Friday Feb 23rd beginning at 10AM local. pic.twitter.com/10GRfCrJfl
— Smashing Pumpkins (@SmashingPumpkin) February 15, 2018
It’s worth noting that the video above features the original stars of the album cover for 1993’s Siamese Dream, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018.
From the official tour announcement:
The monumental Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the band’s formation, will highlight music from the group’s inception through 2000, and will exclusively feature material from their groundbreaking debut Gish through Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Adore, and Machina. Longtime Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder will also take part, as the band moves to a three guitar lineup to better emulate the signature tones and textures of their albums.”
“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,” Corgan said in a statement.
Tickets go on sale starting February 23.
July 12, 2018 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
July 14, 2018 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
July 16, 2018 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
July 17, 2018 Houston, TX Toyota Center
July 18, 2018 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
July 20, 2018 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
July 21, 2018 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
July 22, 2018 Atlanta, GA Infinite Energy Arena
July 24, 2018 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
July 25, 2018 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
July 27, 2018 Baltimore, MD Royal Farms Arena
July 28, 2018 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
July 29, 2018 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
July 31, 2018 Boston, MA TD Garden
August 01, 2018 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden
August 04, 2018 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
August 05, 2018 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
August 07, 2018 Montreal Centre Bell
August 08, 2018 Toronto Air Canada Centre
August 11, 2018 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
August 13, 2018 Chicago, IL United Center
August 16, 2018 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
August 17, 2018 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
August 19, 2018 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
August 20, 2018 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
August 21, 2018 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Premier Center
August 24, 2018 Seattle, WA KeyArena
August 25, 2018 Portland, OR Moda Center
August 27, 2018 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
August 28, 2018 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
August 30, 2018 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
September 01, 2018 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
September 02, 2018 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
September 04, 2018 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena
September 05, 2018 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
September 07, 2018 Boise, ID Ford Idaho Center
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