Grammy Award-winning, acclaimed alternative rock pioneers THE SMASHING PUMPKINS today announced the “Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour”, their first tour in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha. Produced by Live Nation, the 36-city tour will kick off in Glendale, Arizona on July 12 and visit North American arenas throughout the summer. Tickets for the “Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour” will go on sale to the general public starting next Friday, February 23 at 10:00 a.m. local time and be available at SmashingPumpkins.com, LiveNation.com and via the Live Nation app. “Some 30 years ago, as THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, James Iha and I began a musical journey in the cramped rear bedroom of my father's house. And so it's magic to me that we're able to coalesce once more around the incredible Jimmy Chamberlin, to celebrate those songs we've made together,” shared Corgan.
The band broke news of the tour this morning with a dramatic video featuring original “Siamese Dream” album cover stars Ali Laenger and LySandra Roberts. Watch the clip below.
The monumental “Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour”, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the band's formation, will highlight music from the group's inception through 2000, and will exclusively feature material from their groundbreaking debut “Gish” through “Siamese Dream”, “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness”, “Adore” and “Machina”. Longtime SMASHING PUMPKINS guitarist Jeff Schroeder will also take part, as the band moves to a three-guitar lineup to better emulate the signature tones and textures of their albums. “This show and staging will be unlike any we've ever done, and will feature a set unlike any we've ever played. For if this is a chance at a new beginning, we plan on ushering it in with a real bang,” added Corgan.
Earlier in the week, SMASHING PUMPKINS denied claims by original bassist D'arcy Wretzky that an invite for her to join the reunited band was later rescinded.
D'arcy alleged in an interview with BlastEcho that Corgan sent her a contract that was agreed upon, but a month later, he told her “that wasn't a real offer.” She said: “My apologies to all of the SMASHING PUMPKINS fans out there who are excited about this oncoming reunion tour of the original members of the band. I know this is a huge disappointment for me, as well, but it's not going to happen.”
SMASHING PUMPKINS later released a statement claiming that Wretzky had “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.”
Corgan, Iha and Chamberlin make up three-quarters of the PUMPKINS' charter lineup, with only Wretzky missing.
Although Iha played a handful of shows with the PUMPKINS in 2016, this will mark the first time he's recorded and toured with the band since 2000. Chamberlin has toured with the PUMPKINS for the last couple of years but last recorded with the group in 2007.
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS are represented by Velvet Hammer Music And Management Group.