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The Smashing Pumpkins - featuring original members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin & James Iha - announce first tour since 2000


Thu, Feb 15th 2018 05:10 pm
The Smashing Pumpkins are back. (Photo credit: Olivia Bee)
The Smashing Pumpkins are back. (Photo credit: Olivia Bee)
'Shiny And Oh So Bright' North American tour kicks off July 12 in Glendale
Grammy Award-winning alternative rock pioneers The Smashing Pumpkins on Thursday announced the "Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour," their first trek in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha.
Produced by Live Nation, the 36-city tour will kick off in Glendale, Arizona, on July 12 and visit North American arenas throughout the summer. Tickets for the "Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour" will go on sale to the general public starting at 10 a.m. local time Friday, Feb. 23. They will be available at www.smashingpumpkins.com, LiveNation.com, and via the Live Nation app.   
The band performs Aug. 8 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
"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 said.
The band broke news of the tour Thursday morning with a dramatic video featuring original "Siamese Dream" album cover stars Ali Laenger and LySandra Roberts. Watch the clip HERE.
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.  
Formed in Chicago in 1988, The Smashing Pumpkins released their heralded debut album "Gish" in 1991 and found mainstream success with 1993's four-times multi-Platinum "Siamese Dream" and 1995's 10-times multi-Platinum "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness."

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