PUMPKINS FIRST SHOW BACK

The Smashing Pumpkins play first concert since Dec 2, 2000
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS DESCEND ON THE CITY OF LIGHT
FOR FIRST PERFORMANCE SINCE 2000
BAND EARNS RAPTUROUS RESPONSE FROM FANS AT SOLD-OUT SHOW
AT THE HISTORIC GRAND REX THEATRE IN PARIS, FRANCE


Billy Corgan - Smashing Pumpkins
05.22.07 :: Paris, France
Taking the stage for the first time since December 2, 2000, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS drew a rapturous response tonight (May 22) from 2200 fans who packed the historic and elegantly appointed Grand Rex in Paris, France. It was the much-anticipated first stop on the band's world tour, and tickets for the intimate and wide-ranging three-hour show had sold out within minutes of going on sale. The Parisians gave the band a true hero's welcome as they debuted material from the July 10 release ZEITGEIST (Martha's Music/Reprise)--their first album of new material since 2000--alongside an array of Pumpkins classics and fan favorites that have defined the alternative music era and underlined the band's diversity. *See the evening's set list at the end of release.

ZEITGEIST-which features the just-released single "Tarantula," now buzzing loudly at Rock and Alternative radio as well as all over the internet----represents a powerful rebirth and reaffirmation of the Smashing Pumpkins by two of its key members, main singer-songwriter and guitarist Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. At the Grand Rex, they welcomed Jeff Schroeder (guitar) and Ginger Reyes (bass) to the line-up, which is supported by keyboardist Lisa Harriton.

Next up for the Pumpkins: they're headlining major European festivals from May 28 at Holland's Pinkpop festival through June 17 at Switzerland's Greenfield Festival, returning to Europe August 17 in Belgium (Pukkelpop Festival) and England August 24 (Leeds Festival) and August 26 (Reading Festival) as well performing in Istanbul, Turkey September 1. The band's itinerary includes a "Live Earth" performance July 7 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ and headlining festival appearances at the Virgin Festivals in Washington, DC (August 5) and Toronto, ONT (September 8).

The Pumpkins also announced two sets of residency gigs in the U.S.: nine unprecedented shows at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC (June 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30 and July 2, 3, and 5) plus 11 shows at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco (July 15, 16, 18, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30 and 31 and August 1). At these very special and intimate residencies-both of which instantly sold out--the band will vary set lists from night to night. They'll perform songs from Zeitgeist and Pumpkins classics plus retool songs that didn't make it onto Zeitgeist and even offer tunes written the day of the show. These shows will give fans a unique opportunity to see the Pumpkins inside the process of creation and operating in the spur of the moment. The band will be taking chances in the hope of taking fans, and their music, to new places.

Smashing Pumpkins tour dates available HERE.

Here is the Smashing Pumpkins' set list from 5/22 in Paris, France:

"United States"
"Today"
"Stand Inside Your Love"
"Orchid"
"Doomsday Clock" "Home"
"Hummer"
"Starz"
"Tarantula"
"Bullet"
"Gossamer"
"God and Country" "33"
"Rocket"
"Winterlong"
"To Sheila"
"Glass and the Ghost"
"Cherub Rock"
"1979"
"Tonight"
"Neverlost"
"That's the Way"
"Disarm"
"Zero"
"Untitled"

Encore 1:
"Shame"
"Silverf*ck"

Encore 2:
"Annie Dog"
"Muzzle"


THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
CONFIRM TWO RESIDENCY STANDS:
NINE SHOWS AT ASHEVILLE, NC'S ORANGE PEEL JUNE 23-JULY 5
AND EIGHT SHOWS AT THE FILLMORE IN SAN FRANCISCO JULY 22-AUGUST 1


Billy Corgan
As they get ready to release ZEITGEIST--their sixth album and first of new material since 2000--THE SMASHING PUMPKINS have announced two sets of residency gigs: nine unprecedented shows at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC (June 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30 and July 2, 3, and 5) plus eight shows at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco (July 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30 and 31 and August 1).

At these very special and intimate residencies, the band will vary set lists from night to night. They'll perform songs from Zeitgeist and Pumpkins classics plus retool songs that didn't make it onto Zeitgeist and even offer tunes written the day of the show. The shows will give fans a unique opportunity to see the Pumpkins inside the process of creation and operating in the spur of the moment. The band will be taking chances in the hope of taking fans, and their music, to new places.

The eight concerts in San Francisco mark the first time the band has returned to The Fillmore since April of 1994 when they were invited to be the band to re-open the historic venue. The Asheville shows mark the first time the Pumpkins will have played a residency since their four gigs at the Double Door in Chicago in 1994 before the release of Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. Fans attending the Fillmore and Orange Peel shows are invited to capture the concerts with audio and video recorders.

General admission tickets for these all-ages shows go on sale Sunday, May 20. The San Francisco tickets ($25.00 each) and will be available at 10:00 AM Pacific via www.ticketmaster.com and www.livenation.com. For the Asheville show, tickets ($20.00 each) will go on sale at 1:00 PM Eastern at www.theorangepeel.net or www.ticketweb.com.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for both shows will be available through internet ONLY. Tickets will NOT be available at either box offices, charge-by-phone or ticket outlets. Two-ticket limit per person. Purchaser must pick up tickets at the box office night-of-show only. Ticket-holders must immediately enter the venue. Photo ID required for ticket pick-up. Tickets are non-transferable. No refunds or exchanges. A service charge is added to each ticket price.

ZEITGEIST (Martha's Music/Reprise)--out July 10--is their first album of new material since 2000's Machina/The Machines of God and the free, digital-only release Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music. ZEITGEIST was produced by Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin, with Roy Thomas Baker and Terry Date working separately on various tracks, and represents the culmination of two years of work.

Look for the band's world tour to get underway May 22 in Paris, France with an intimate show at the historic and elegantly appointed Grand Rex--their first live performance since December 2, 2000. The Grand Rex show sold out within minutes of going on sale.

The Smashing Pumpkins have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in music history. Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential (and platinum) debut in 1991, which was followed by more platinum and multi-platinum albums including the nine-times platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-times platinum Siamese Dream. The pivotal group's many hits include "Disarm," "Today," "Cherub Rock," "1979," "Tonight, Tonight" and "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"--songs that defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation. Smashing Pumpkins Tour Dates available HERE.

http://www.smashingpumpkins.com

[Published on: 5/23/07]

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Comments

devlin9785 starstarstarstarstar Mon 5/14/2007 09:56AM
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Stevie_t Mon 5/14/2007 09:56AM
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"ZEITGEIST (Martha's Music/Reprise)--out July 10--is their first album of..."

the new album comes out July 7th actually. nice fact checking.

moephishH2O Mon 5/14/2007 10:03AM
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moephishH2O

'gish' and 'siamese dream' are two of my favs. Is the original lineup intact?

armentanzarian Mon 5/14/2007 10:05AM
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no love for chicago yet, huh. weak sauce

Stevie_t Mon 5/14/2007 10:08AM
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no, i believe the only originals on the line up are billy, and jimmy. close enough for me.

mfgoof Mon 5/14/2007 10:37AM
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keithrichardsforpres starstarstar Mon 5/14/2007 11:08AM
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keithrichardsforpres

Stevie_t - I'm not actually sure what date this does come out, but albums are released on Tuesdays, so I'm guessing JamBase is correct on this one and the album comes out on 7/10 (Tuesday) vs. 7/7 (Saturday)

Daddyphatsacks Mon 5/14/2007 11:17AM
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Daddyphatsacks

9 shows in one city. These guys must have quite a volume of music to make each evening unique. The internet-only tickets sales and anti scallper vibe is for real.

fydo1974 starstarstar Mon 5/14/2007 11:20AM
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fydo1974

Ugh, who is the genius who decided to make tickets for the Fillmore shows go on sale right in the middle of Bay to Breakers?!

cuttyfives Mon 5/14/2007 11:37AM
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torn&treyed Mon 5/14/2007 11:52AM
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toeknee420 Mon 5/14/2007 11:54AM
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Indolic Mon 5/14/2007 12:18PM
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Indolic

Aaagh, yeah, Asheville town gettin' some Pumpkin's love.

1048 starstarstarstarstar Mon 5/14/2007 12:49PM
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1048

because the guy talking about syd barrett is full of shit

canoftunapudding Mon 5/14/2007 01:02PM
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I agree that these "residency stands" are a pretty bad idea. Sucks for people who don't live in Asheville or Frisco. Also, the Pumpkins aren't one of those bands that I care to see 6 nights in a row.

KPLMMJ starstarstarstar Mon 5/14/2007 02:13PM
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The album was originally supposed to be released on 7-7-07...it was recently changed to the normal Tuesday release of 7-10...JAMBASE DID check the facts...i live in athens so i hope to make an asheville show..should be interesting

roberto767 Mon 5/14/2007 03:33PM
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roberto767

sounds to me like this is the same core members that were in Zwan. And Zwan wasn't doing to well... Call me skeptical, but it sounds like this is Zwan calling themselves the Pumpkins.

bigbri9 starstarstarstar Mon 5/14/2007 03:46PM
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rhythmking starstarstarstarstar Mon 5/14/2007 03:48PM
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rhythmking

Me being a long time Pumpkins fan - first show 92' in atl -and now living in asheville, this is like a dream come true. Only if Darcy and James could show. - Im really stoked about the possibility of them getting back to their old improv roots.

Flat5 Mon 5/14/2007 06:53PM
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Flat5

i met billy corgan at a star wars convention. he was dressed up as a storm trooper and shit. what a douche

theivywall Mon 5/14/2007 07:49PM
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theivywall

I'm not hating or anything, I definately dig the Pumpkins, but Billy Corgan looks Nosferatu-esque in that picture

toeknee420 Tue 5/15/2007 07:37AM
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toeknee420

Zwan had a good song or two. Billy's solo shit was so bad I couldn't give away 3 tickets outside of the E-Factory for one of his shows. I burned his solo cd the day before the show and we all decided to not waste our time. I equate it to a cat getting sodomized by an electric accordian. Are we sure Billy is the same guy who did Mellon Collie AND that shit?

Cleofus Tue 5/15/2007 09:25AM
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Cleofus

sounds like a bunch of hatin'. Still a 9 date run in Asheville is pretty impressive. I'll hit up at least a night or two. it'll at least be interesting to say the least.

Window Tue 5/15/2007 11:48AM
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Those fucking Ticketmaster add-on fees make it feel as though you're buying from a scalper.

theragman Tue 5/15/2007 03:05PM
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9 nights in Asheville?

really?

that's odd.

iamzero Wed 5/16/2007 09:11AM
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iamzero

Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin were always the core of the pumpkins. as for zwan, they didn't get great reviews but they were a good band too.

20-25 for tickets to pumpkins club shows...thats awesome.

Stevie_t Wed 5/23/2007 11:21AM
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keithrichardsforpres -- yer right, my bad. when the album was announced the release date was listed as 07-07-07. musta changed when no one would accomodate that on a saturday.

briank67 Wed 5/23/2007 03:34PM
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briank67

i agree with kolmah, really what's the deal with doing so many shows in 2 cities?!

DBang Wed 5/23/2007 03:40PM
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Interesting setlist. Looks like nothing from Gish, which is dissappointing, and obviously a number of these songs are new, but I'd say it looks really fun. I'd be interested to hear how the new members meshed with Billy and Jimmy. Wish I could've gotten tix for some of the Asheville shows. Finding an extra is going to be nearly impossible with the restrictions they've put onto the ticketing. Oh well.

mgizmo Wed 5/23/2007 06:39PM
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This article doesn't say much about how the show was other than the crowd "rapturously recieved them" Might as well not bother printing it. Did it rock hard or what?

Maestro Wed 5/23/2007 10:03PM
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Maestro

somebody beat the bitches who are selling their tickets on Ebay...they have to escort the person in. Some are going for a grand a pop. Swing low for me...bastards!

1radioheader Thu 5/24/2007 07:32AM
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1radioheader

Living less than an hour from Asheville i was stoked that the Pumpkins were giving our little 'burg some love. . . .so imagine my disappointment when tickets sold out in like 15 minutes and a crash wiped out my chances .. . . Though i'd love to see the show i couldn't agree more with palo024, if ya'll see a scalper fuck them up for me .. . ..

mike_c star Thu 5/24/2007 07:41AM
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Man! I hate to be negative but I thought we were done with this band. I could not stand the noise they put out and called music. Oh well. I know lots of people like them so I'm sure folks are glad they're back. Then again, lots of people liked the Backstreet Boys too.

DBang Thu 5/24/2007 09:46AM
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Are you comparing the Pumpkins with the Backstreet Boys? That's like comparing Aretha Franklin with Ashley Simpson. If it's not your cup of tea, then get the hell out of my way so I can enjoy.

mike_c Thu 5/24/2007 09:50AM
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BGsteveBG Thu 5/24/2007 06:05PM
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BGsteveBG

They are good, but i thought the whole 'machina' deal was a bunch of crap

kaiserbun Fri 5/25/2007 01:08PM
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i haven't listened to them since high school and honestly don't know too much about them, but the tour makes no sense. its like they're trying to pull off an allman's beacon run or something. tell me if i'm wrong, but do they ever really change the setlist up. i'm imagining the same show night after night which just doesn't make much sense. sucks for there fans who don't live near those two cities. however, the orange peel is a very cool venue.

toeknee420 Fri 5/25/2007 05:36PM
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toeknee420

Set list looks ok. Still think the "tour" is shitty. There are more locations in Europe for fucks sake! German people love David Hasselhoff, and Billy (the Emo Fag) Corgan. You earned that shot for that last solo album!

WanderingBard starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/25/2007 05:49PM
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fuck, I am born and raised in SF and would LOVE to see them at least ONCE at the filmore. I wasn't around so couldnt get a ticket...can anyone help me get one for around face value?? Please?? I can repay with goodies.

zepptrekker starstarstarstar Mon 5/28/2007 06:53PM
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The Virgin Festival is in BALTIMORE, not DC