The Smashing Pumpkins is an alternative rock band that rose to fame in the 1990s and received critical acclaim with the release of the seminal 1995 double-album “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.” During its heyday, the band filled arenas and stadiums and enjoyed a cult-like following. However, the band soon underwent several personnel changes and received lukewarm critical response to newer material. Ultimately, the band broke up in 2000, and frontman Billy Corgan decided to pursue projects with other bands, as well as some solo work.
Recently, Corgan resurrected Smashing Pumpkins, though he was not able to restore the band’s original lineup. Guitarist James Iha and bassist D’Arcy Wretzky decided not to rejoin the group in favor of continuing to pursue solo careers. A new album was released in 2007 under the Pumpkins name, but it only featured Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlain from the original lineup. Following the band’s 2008 anniversary tour, also featuring only Corgan and Chamberlain with several backing musicians, Chamberlain announced he, too, would leave the band after completing the anniversary concerts.
The critically acclaimed Smashing Pumpkins have announced the itinerary for their 20th anniversary tour. The 13-city trek includes a four-night triumphant return to the band’s native Chicago, where they have not performed since the original lineup’s split in 2000. After a one-night performance on October 26 at Neil Young’s... Read more
Smashing Pumpkins, ZZ Top, Norah Jones, Sarah McLachlan, Jack Johnson, Josh Groban, Wilco, Cat Power and Death Cab for Cutie will perform at Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit concert. The two-day benefit event takes place October 25-26 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. Most of the performers... Read more
Mariah Carey, Gavin Rossdale, LeAnn Rimes, Nelly, Smashing Pumpkins, Nas and Good Charlotte are this year’s lineup for the Second Annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush concerts from July 31-September 16. Carey launched the free, limited, seven concert series on July 31 in Los Angeles at the Hollywood & Highland... Read more
Smashing Pumpkins, the hugely popular alternative rock band from Chicago, are planning a few intimate concerts in August and more shows in November to celebrate their 20th anniversary. “The August tour is going to be a blast. Expect a very loud and raucous show from us, and we are... Read more
By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen The Smashing Pumpkins will return to the U.K. and Europe in 2008 for a major arena headlining tour, starting Jan. 27 in Belgrade, Serbia. The tour will also feature shows in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Scotland, England, the... Read more
The Smashing Pumpkins continue to add dates to their in-progress North American tour, which now stretches into mid-November. . . Sep-07 18 – Phoenix, AZ – Dodge Theater 19 – San Diego, CA – SDSU Open Air Theatre 21 – Ridgefield, WA – Amphitheater at Clark County 22 –... Read more
By Alfred Branch, Jr. Apparently, the Smashing Pumpkins are not just another punk relic from the early ‘90s. Ticket sales for the partially reformed band’s upcoming multi-date tour stint at the Orange Peel in Ashville, NC were so frenzied Sunday that the onslaught crashed the TicketWeb servers. The Orange... Read more