Smashing Pumpkins Announce New Album & Tour With Jimmy Chamberlin

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS PRESENT

“IN PLAINSONG”

AN ACOUSTIC-ELECTRO EVENING

TICKETS FOR THE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ON SALE BEGINNING FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH AT 9AM EST

LIZ PHAIR TO OPEN

NEW RECORDING TO FOLLOW TOUR

February 1, 2016—New York— Building on their fans’ demands for more of last year’s brief, but critically acclaimed In Plainsong tour, The Smashing Pumpkins return to the road this spring to bring the Acoustic-Electro Evening across the country for a full run of classic North American theaters.

Last year’s shows sold out in a matter of minutes, and the iconic venues the band picked for the performances proved the perfect intimate settings for an evening of acoustic based music and electronic soundscapes that allowed the Pumpkins to explore their whole song catalog in a unique way. The reaction to the run was overwhelmingly positive, with reviews calling the performances “electric” and “emotionally charged”.

“What started as an interest in playing a truly different kind of show and looking for a different way to explore their storied musical past morphed into something new and exciting for the fans in every city”, said the group’s manager Peter Katsis, “this touches the opposing side to The Pumpkins usual roar!”

The Grammy Award-winning rock group, which includes Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and Jeff Schroeder, will kick off the 19-city tour on March 22nd in Portland, OR and wrap on April 20th in Houston, TX.

Tickets for the In Plainsong tour will go on sale beginning Friday, February 5th at 9am EST. Tickets will be available at http://www.smashingpumpkinsnexus.com/ Citi is the official credit card of the In Plainsong North American Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, February 2nd, at 9AM ET through Thursday, February 4th through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

The Pumpkins, always the rock and roll iconoclasts, will invert the traditional formula again by touring first before heading straight to the studio after the dates to record a brand new album inspired by the sounds explored in the new acoustic setting.

Singer-songwriter Liz Phair is set to open the show for the Smashing Pumpkins on her first full tour of the U.S. in 6 years. Her debut studio album Exile in Guyville was released to critical acclaim and has been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” More than two decades after the release of her debut, Phair’s influence over female voices in alternative music can still be felt today.

2015 proved to be great for the Pumpkins, who saw their End Times summer tour in support of last year’s Monuments to an Elegy album produce their best ticket sales in over 12 years. The Chicago Sun-Times called their performance “epic,” while Rolling Stone exclaimed that the current line-up “played with the tightness of a time-tested unit.”

With 20 million albums sold in the United States alone, the Smashing Pumpkins are one of rock’s most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands.

Since their inception, the Smashing Pumpkins disavowed the punk rock roots of many of their alt-rock contemporaries by creating a diverse, densely layered, and guitar-heavy sound, containing elements of gothic rock, heavy metal, dream pop, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, and even electronica.

They broke into the musical mainstream as their second album, 1993’s Siamese Dream, sold over 6 million copies. From there, the group has continued to build its audience through extensive touring, selling out arenas around the world for over two decades. Their 1995 follow-up recording, double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, entered the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at number one.

IN PLAINSONG TOUR DATES

March 22

Portland, OR

Schnitzer Hall

March 23

Seattle, WA

The Paramount

March 25

San Francisco, CA

The Masonic

March 26

Los Angeles, CA

The Theatre at Ace Hotel

March 27

Los Angeles, CA

The Theatre at Ace Hotel

March 29

Salt Lake City, UT

Kingsbury Hall

March 30

Denver, CO

Ellie Caulkins Opera House

April 1

Detroit, MI

The Fillmore

April 2

Columbus, OH

Palace Theatre

April 4

New York, NY

Beacon Theatre

April 8

Philadelphia, PA

Tower Theatre

April 9

Boston, MA

Orpheum Theatre

April 10

Washington, DC

Lincoln Theatre

April 12

Toronto, ONT

Massey Hall

April 14

Chicago, IL

Civic Opera House

April 15

Louisville, KY

Palace Theater

April 16

Nashville, TN

Ryman Auditorium

April 18

Dallas, TX

Majestic Theater

April 19

Austin, TX

Bass Concert Hall

April 20

Houston, TX

Cullen Performance Hall

  • Stone Gossardish

    Great, ole Bitter Bore-Again will return to tell us how unappreciated he is, and how he could make great rock music again but it’s too simple, so who cares.

    • tardis_blue

      Aside from the fact you have a Pearl Jam related username which speaks for itself, I have to say that’s the most labored attempt at word play I have possibly ever seen. Come on…at least try!

      • Stone Gossardish

        I love Billy, and the Pumpkins. Didn’t come up with the Bitter Bore-Again moniker. I think I first heard it around the time they released that live album that sounded bad. My favorite recent SP song is The Chimera

      • Corndog

        “Aside from the fact you have a Pearl Jam related username which speaks for itself”

        What exactly is that supposed to mean?

        • tardis_blue

          Pearl Jam are utter shite. Come on. This is well known. They have 5 good songs out of how many? Terrible band. Nice chaps though.

          • Corndog

            That is utterly preposterous and completely ridiculous, but i’m guessing you knew that from the get go and are looking for the effect it will have? I would be hard pushed to pick 5 PJ songs that i considered bad!

            PJ are one of the greatest bands ever to pick up instruments. You don’t like them, that’s fair enough and of course your prerogative, but to make out like they are a bad band and that this is some sort of fact is ludicrous. That’s why they have sold so many records over the years and forged an almost 25 year career doing so.That’s why they are still relevant many years after pretty much everyone and their granny have completely forgotten about Corgan. That’s why Ten, Vs and Vitalogy consistently comes up in lists of all time best albums. That’s why they can still sell out arenas anywhere in the world practically overnight. That’s why they have a loyal following of millions all around the world. Sure buddy. Makes perfect sense…..

          • tardis_blue

            No Pearl Jam have never been culturally relevant. They tried riding the grunge bandwagon for a bit until the wheels came off and it then became clear they were just a boring old trad rock band with a horrible singer and since then they’ve just existed putting out one boring record after another that appeals to the kind of people that subscribe to Classic Rock magazine. And if you wanna talk best album lists? Melon Collie…always places higher. and quite right to.

          • Corndog

            MC is indeed a great album, but what you’re saying about Pearl Jam is just nonsense. Horrible singer? I think you need to see a doctor, because I fear you must be deaf. Eddie Vedder is one of the greatest singers to ever lift a microphone, and much as I love The Smashing Pumpkins even Billy himself will admit he’s a dreadful singer.

            Classic rock mag? Please. Guess they’re just not ‘edgy’ enough for a happening fella like yourself. Maybe Korn would be more to your liking?

            Pearl Jam have never released a boring album once in their entire career. Corgan has done so at least 3 times. This is of course just my opinion, in the same fashion everything you’re saying is just yours. It’s all subjective.

  • nomad

    Opening act Liz Phair! I loved Exile in Guyville and Whip-Smart.

    • nomad

      PS: Speaking of good music by female artists, PJ Harvey released a new single & video today. It would be nice to see it mentioned on this site!

  • Junior Moore

    Come on Louisville! Bring AIC or Soundgarden back to the Palace. An acoustic tour with Billy’s voice? Please no.

  • God

    My name is Billy, I was castrated at a young age, I wrote a bunch of angry songs about it! Then i lost all my hair and I mellowed out. I wrote a bunch of more song that no body listened to because I wasn’t angry. I told people that certain bands sucked because people actually listened to their songs. Then I wrote a bunch of more songs and called them epic cause the guy who beat up Pam Anderson played on them. But still nobody listened to them! I pondered many nights what to do. I got the best idea in a long time, since I was a angry castrated youth. I told myself, “Self, I am going to get the drum from Rage Against the Machine to play drums on this tour and we are going to get angry and rage!” Yes and we did just that on a few songs but I also got the loser from the “Killers” to play bass and I made the band play some of my new “epic” songs. I cried myself to sleep every night of this tour. So here we are at the present! Well last week I had a dream and thought “Self why hasn’t anyone fused acoustic guitars with techno beat?” Myself replied “Self, you are a genius!” So I called up Liz and said “Hey girl, do you wanna waste some time with me this summer?” She apparently has no life and said “YES!!!” she sent me a happy face too. Im excited! I am so excited that I started writing happy excited songs recently. I am going to be innovative this time around, by releasing the fucking album after the tour!!!! No body ever thought of doing that until I just did. Hope everyone is relaxing at home drinking up some tea. I am going to sit back on my lazyboy and pet my cat! xoxo Billy

    • tardis_blue

      Wow. The effort to reward ratio on this post is way off.

      • God

        Put you dick back in you mouth!

        • tardis_blue

          Only when you’re finished with it

          • God

            I prefer your moms strap on than you tiny dick

          • tardis_blue

            Mom jokes eh? Keep it edgy!

  • Nikdik

    I love the Pumpkins, but I really don’t think an acoustic tour is a good idea. Billy Corgan’s voice is the most tolerable when it’s being drowned out by layers and layers of guitars.

  • Corndog

    Wait, i thought he already had a follow up to Monuments recorded? What happens to that now? Does it get scrapped, because Monuments was terrible?