UPDATE: Billy Corgan has shared a list of songs he's considering for the setlist of Smashing Pumpkins' upcoming 30th anniversary shows. In addition to staples like "Cherub Rock," "1979" and "Bullet with Butterfly Wings," the proposed list includes numerous covers: Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," David Bowie's "Space Oddity," Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," among others. Check it out below.
The mysterious countdown on Smashing Pumpkins' website has officially reached zero — and just as fans predicted, the band has announced a massive tour to mark their 30th anniversary. This summer, Billy Corgan will reunite with founding members James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin, as well as the Pumpkins' late-aughts guitarist Jeff Shroeder, for a massive trek dubbed the "Shiny and Oh So Bright" tour. It'll mark the first time Corgan has shared a stage with Iha and Chamberlin in nearly twenty years.
The tour, which kicks off July 12th in Glendale, Arizona, will have Corgan and friends "celebrating songs from their first 5 albums from Gish to Machina," with set lists culled "exclusively" from those records. In anticipation of the jaunt, Smashing Pumpkins have shared a trailer via YouTube starring Ali Laenger and LySandra Roberts, best known for gracing the cover of the band's iconic Siamese Dream LP.
"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," Corgan says, "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. 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 big news arrives in the wake of a dramatic back-and-forth between the Pumpkins and their former bassist D'arcy Wretzky, who recently revealed that she wouldn't be participating in the tour; while the group contend they extended invitations to re-join "repeatedly." Wretzky maintained that her former bandmates' claim is a "complete lie" in a recent interview, later remarking of Corgan, "I honestly think he may have a brain tumor ... he's always been insufferable."
Find a full itinerary below.
Smashing Pumpkins tour dates:
Jul. 12 – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
Jul. 14 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
Jul. 16 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Arena
Jul. 17 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Jul. 18 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Jul. 20 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Jul. 21 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
Jul. 22 – Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Arena
Jul. 24 – Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
Jul. 25 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Jul. 27 – Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
Jul. 28 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Jul. 29 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul. 31 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Aug. 01 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Aug. 04 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Aug. 05 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Aug. 07 – Montreal, Québec – Centre Bell
Aug. 08 – Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
Aug. 11 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
Aug. 13 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Aug. 16 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Aug. 17 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Aug. 19 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Aug. 20 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center
Aug. 21 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier Center
Aug. 24 – Seattle, WA – KeyArena
Aug. 25 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Aug. 27 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
Aug. 28 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
Aug. 30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Sept. 01 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
Sept. 02 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Sept. 04 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
Sept. 05 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
The other day, I shared a set of ours from 1995. Which surprisingly engendered a lot of interest, and it got me thinking why not share our pool of PROPOSED songs (meaning the list we'll use to build The Shiny and Oh So Bright set, so these aren't in any particular order). And since we are a bit aways from going into rehearsals, and I'm sure we've missed a favorite or two, tag me @williampcorgan @jamesihaofficial @chamberdrums and @jjjschroeder as well as @smashingpumpkins or #smashingpumpkins and most importantly #SP2018 with a screen cap of what you'd like to hear. But remember, the goal is to build an epic set! So choose wisely