The Smashing Pumpkins are back together
The last time that Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin toured together was in December 2000, right before their band The Smashing Pumpkins first broke up. Along with bassist D’arcy Wretzky, Corgan, Iha and Chamberlin founded the seminal alt-rock band in Chicago in 1988, becoming one of the most popular musical acts of the ’90s, with hits like “1979,” “Disarm,” “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” and “Tonight, Tonight.” The band’s line-up was volatile even in those early years, and starting in 2005, Corgan returned to using The Smashing Pumpkins name with various other collaborators.
But nothing quite captured the chemistry of the original members (even with Chamberlin joining Corgan at various points over the years), and in February Corgan announced a reunion (albeit without Wretzky). Joined by longtime Corgan collaborator Jeff Schroeder, the reunited members have been touring extensively with new music already in the works (first single “Solara” was released in June). The current Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour focuses on material from the band’s first five albums, with some sets stretching to three hours, incorporating elaborate visual elements and costume changes than the Pumpkins’ recent prereunion concerts. A momentous reunion calls for a momentous concert experience.
T-Mobile Arena, 7 p.m. Sept. 2, starting at $36.61 plus tax and fee. 888.929.7849 AXS