BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene
The Smashing Pumpkins will return to the stage this summer with their first tour in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha.
The “Shiny and Oh So Bright” tour will visit Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth on July 22. Tickets are $33-$129 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 23 at www.livenation.com, www.infiniteenergycenter.com and www.smashingpumpkins.com, as well as at the arena box office and by calling 770-626-2464.
The tour coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Pumpkins’ formation and will highlight music from the group’s inception through 2000, with material from “Gish,” “Siamese Dream,” “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” “Adore” and “Machina.”
Longtime Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder will also participate in the live shows, as the band will present a three-guitar lineup to “better emulate the signature tones and textures of their albums.”
Earlier this week, the band hinted at the upcoming tour with a statement regarding original bassist D’arcy Wretzky:
“In reuniting The Smashing Pumpkins, the band's dedication remains to its fans and its music. To that, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and William Corgan haven't played a show with D'arcy Wretzky for over 18 years. But it's not for a lack of trying. For despite reports, Ms. Wretzky has repeatedly been invited out to play with the group, participate in demo sessions, or at the very least, meet face-to-face, and in each and every instance she always deferred. We wish her all the best, and look forward to reconnecting with you all very soon.”
Smashing Pumpkins 2018 North American Tour Dates