THE SMASHING PUMPKINS ANNOUNCE 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
TOUR TO INCLUDE MULTIPLE-NIGHT STOPS IN MOST CITIES
WITH DIFFERENT SET LISTS WHERE NO SONGS WILL BE REPEATED
This fall marks one of the busiest and most creative times in the history of the SMASHING PUMPKINS. They are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1988 formation with a unique fall tour, a precedent-setting new single ("G.L.O.W.," to be released via the Guitar Hero® World Tour game) and a revealing two-DVD set (If All Goes Wrong via Coming Home Media) filmed at their residencies last year in San Francisco and Asheville, NC.
The band - always one of rock's most forward-thinking, influential, and often misunderstood musical forces - commence their North American 20th Anniversary Tour November 1. The five-week run will be highlighted by multi-night stops in such cities as Chicago, Toronto, New York, Washington, Boston, Kansas City and Los Angeles. With such a vast repertoire, the Pumpkins are coming prepared with completely different set lists in each of the multi-night engagements with no songs being repeated over the course of the two-night run. Night #1 is being called "Black Sunshine," while night #2 will be dubbed "White Crosses." A special two-night ticket bundle will be available for all multi-night engagements.
In Chicago - where singer-guitarist BILLY CORGAN and drummer JIMMY CHAMBERLIN continue to be based - the Pumpkins will play four shows at two different venues. In cities where the band is set to play one night, they plan to deliver a unique one-off set.
Before the anniversary tour's kick-off, the Pumpkins will make a return performance at the annual Bridge School benefit hosted by Neil Young in Shoreline, CA on October 26 (the second of the two-night engagement). The band last performed at this annual event - benefiting children with severe speech and physical impairments - in 1999.
The Pumpkins have also confirmed a national television appearance for Friday, October 24 when they'll perform "G.L.O.W." on the outdoor stage at ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live. The song will be released via the upcoming Guitar Hero® World Tour game, marking the first time a band has recorded a new song exclusively for the franchise which will be released afterwards, giving Guitar Hero® fans exclusive access to Smashing Pumpkins music before anyone else. The new track, bundled with two other rocking Smashing Pumpkins hits - "1979" and "The Everlasting Gaze" - will be available post-launch of the game as a three-song downloaded content pack. Additionally, on-disc with the release of Guitar Hero World Tour this fall, Corgan will appear as an in-game character and will bring with him "Today," the band's smash hit from their pivotal and four-times platinum 1993 album Siamese Dream.
The band's upcoming two-DVD set If All Goes Wrong is due out November 11 and consists of a 105-minute documentary, also titled "If All Goes Wrong," plus The Fillmore Residency (read our review of one Fillmore show here), a full concert filmed in late July and early August of 2007 over five of the 11 sold-out nights at the famed Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, CA. From the opening note to the final chord, the documentary If All Goes Wrong showcases a band returning with an "enveloping epic force" (Los Angeles Times) as it traces the Pumpkins during their 19-show residency, which began with eight shows at Asheville, NC's Orange Peel in late June and continued through 11 sold-out nights at San Francisco's famed Fillmore Auditorium. Interviews with band members, fans, journalists and fellow musicians reveal the fears, excitement, determination, exhaustion and tension inherent in Billy Corgan and his newly revitalized musical unit.
Smashing Pumpkins 20th Anniversary Tour
11/01/08 Sat Palace Theater Cleveland, OH
11/03/08 Mon Massey Hall Toronto, ON
11/04/08 Tue Massey Hall Toronto, ON
11/06/08 Thu United Palace Theatre New York, NY
11/07/08 Fri United Palace Theatre New York, NY
11/08/08 Sat The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Atlantic City, NJ
11/11/08 Tue DAR Constitution Hall Washington, DC
11/12/08 Wed DAR Constitution Hall Washington, DC
11/14/08 Fri Wang Center Boston, MA
11/15/08 Sat Wang Center Boston, MA
11/16/08 Sun Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville, CT
11/18/08 Tue The Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL
11/19/08 Wed The Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL
11/21/08 Fri Auditorium Theatre Chicago, IL
11/22/08 Sat Auditorium Theatre Chicago, IL
11/26/08 Wed Fabulous Fox Theatre St. Louis, MO
11/30/08 Sun RIMAC Arena San Diego, CA
12/02/08 Tue Gibson Amphitheatre Universal City, CA
12/03/08 Wed Gibson Amphitheatre Universal City, CA