Article originally published 2/16/2018.
UPDATE 10/1/2018: The Smashing Pumpkins have announced a series of fall dates immediately following their previously announced summer dates. The new stops will begin November 28th in Madison, WI. From there, the Pumpkins will hit cities like Chicago, Tulsa, St. Louis and San Antonio, before a finale in Phoenix, AZ on December 7th.
The tour will coincide with the Pumpkins official 30th anniversary, and the release of their upcoming album, Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future.
Alternative rock icons The Smashing Pumpkins have announced a new tour for 2018 entitled “Shiny and Oh So Bright,” a celebration of the band’s 30th anniversary. This marks The Smashing Pumpkins first tour in nearly 20 years.
The original band parted ways in 2000, but has continued to produce records and has toured with different lineup variations since. Lead singer Billy Corgan has been the catalyst and frontman for all concerts.
In an interview, Billy Corgan says, "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 36-city summer tour will kick off at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ on July 12th, 2018, and wrap in Nampa, ID at the Arena At Ford Idaho Center. The lineup will feature three-fourths of the founding members: singer Billy Corgan, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, and guitarist James Iha.
After opening in Arizona, the tour heads to Texas for shows in Houston and Dallas. Additional July stops include Nashville, Louisville, Atlanta, Miami, Tampa, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Uncasville, and Boston.
The tour kicks off August with a show at Madison Square Garden in NYC before heading to Pittsburgh, Detroit, Montreal, Toronto, Columbus, Chicago, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Saint Paul, Omaha, Sioux Falls, Seattle, Portland, Oakland, Sacramento and Los Angeles.
Who Are The Smashing Pumpkins?
With nine studio albums and over 30 million albums sold to date, the GRAMMY®, MTV VMA, and American Music Award-winning band remain an influential force in alternative rock.
The Smashing Pumpkins burst onto the alternative rock scene in 1993 with their second album, Siamese Dream. The group toured extensively while building up a strong following and their follow-up double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. The Smashing Pumpkins is one of the most commercially successful bands of the 1990s and has sold over 20 million records.
Originally from Chicago, IL, internal fighting, drug use, and diminishing record sales led to the Smashing Pumpkins 2000 break-up.
"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," shared Corgan.