2018-07-18T17:37:18Z 2018-07-18T17:37:18Z

The Smashing Pumpkins performing at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas

The Smashing Pumpkins
The Smashing Pumpkins performing at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on July 16, 2018, with Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and Jeff Schroeder.
The Smashing Pumpkins have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy Awards in the process. The pivotal group’s many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation. In June 2012, the band released the critically acclaimed album Oceaniavia Martha’s Music/EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution. It entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4; earned the #1 spot on the Independent Albums Chart; and Rolling Stone hailed it as one of the best albums of the year. Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential and platinum debut in 1991, which was followed by albums including the nine-time platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-time platinum Siamese Dream, as well as the platinum certified 1998 album Adore which saw a 107-track reissue in 2014.

The band is releasing two albums within a year of each other starting with Monuments to an Elegy, in Dec 2014, to be followed by Day For Night in 2015 and will be playing some special shows with Mark Stoermer of The Killers and Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine joining The Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan and Jeff Schroeder.

Monuments to an Elegy marks the band’s eighth studio album and is the follow-up to their 2012 critically acclaimed album Oceania. It entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4; earned the #1 spot on the Independent Albums Chart; and Rolling Stone hailed it as one of the best albums of the year. A worldwide concert tour in 2012 and 2013 brought the band some of the strongest live reviews of their career and found them blazing new trails on the concert stage, using new technology in video-mapping to create something new and previously unseen.

Monuments to an Elegy was recorded in Chicago with Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who’s been in the band since 2007.
Fans have been highly anticipating the Smashing Pumpkins' long overdue Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour since it was first announced in February of 2018. This tour coincides with the 30-year anniversary of the band's formation, and is the first since 2000 to feature its original members: singer Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha, drummer Jimmy Chemberlin, and bassist Jeff Schroeder.

The group kicked off the night with a heartfelt classic, "Disarm" from the 1993 album Siamese Dream. Nostalgic childhood images and videos of Corgan himself flitted across the jumbo screens in the backdrop, evoking tears of sadness and laughter as the audience was captivated by the amazing show. It was certainly a full night, with a career-spanning setlist that featured a whopping 31 tracks. Between classics such as "Tonight, Tonight" and "Cherub Rock", the group managed to deliver on impressive covers of "Space Oddity" by David Bowie and Led Zeppelin’s "Stairway to Heaven".

The Pumpkins finished off the set with their new reunion single, "Solara", paired with a cover of "Baby Mine" from Dumbo as the encore. Although the show lasted a little over 3 hours, it's no surprise that the crowd was rocking on their feet the entire time.

Setlist for the show at the Frank Erwin Center
  • Opening Theme
  • Disarm
  • Rocket
  • Siva
  • Rhinoceros
  • Space Oddity
  • Drown
  • Zero
  • The Everlasting Gaze
  • Stand Inside Your Love
  • Thirty-Three
  • Eye
  • Soma
  • Blew Away
  • For Martha
  • To Sheila
  • Mayonaise
  • Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
  • LandslideTonight, Tonight
  • Stairway to Heaven
  • Cherub Rock
  • 1979
  • Ava Adore
  • Try, Try, Try
  • The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning
  • Hummer
  • Today
  • Bullet With Butterfly Wings
  • Muzzle
  • Solara
  • Baby Mine

The Smashing Pumpkins was the main act at the Frank Erwin Center with guests Metric. The band continues across the United States, Canada, and Europe with the last stop at the Unipol Arena in Bologna, Italy on October 18, 2018.

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