Smashing Pumpkins Are Touring With Their Original Lineup for the First Time in 18 Years

Bassist D’Arcy Wretzky is the only missing Pumpkin.

Smashing Pumpkins Promo
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Three of the original Smashing Pumpkins are celebrating the band’s 30th anniversary with their first tour together in nearly 20 years. 

Founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James Iha will play 36 dates across North America on the “Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour” this summer. 

“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,” Corgan said in a press release.  

“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.”

The groundbreaking grunge rockers will exclusively play material spanning their first five albums, from 1991’s Gish to 2000’s Machina. 

The Pumpkins’ fourth original member, bassist D’Arcy Wretzky, will not join her fellow band members, seemingly because of recent turmoil between her and Corgan.  

Rolling Stone has further details regarding that drama: 

Wretzky gave an interview with the music site Blast Echo in which she blamed Corgan for excluding her from the reunion (the full Smashing Pumpkins classic lineup hasn’t performed together since April 1999).

The interview prompted the Smashing Pumpkins to release a statement before officially announcing a reunion in which they claimed they’d invited Wretzky to partake in the reunion in various ways. “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.”

In a follow-up interview with Alternative Nation, Wretzky claimed that Corgan had never intended to hire her full-time and had instead enlisted Jack Bates, the son of New Order’s Peter Hook, to play bass.

Below, see the full list of Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour dates.  

Smashing Pumpkins North American Tour Dates
July 12 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
July 14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
July 16 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
July 17 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
July 18 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
July 20 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
July 21 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
July 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Aerna
July 24 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
July 25 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
July 27 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
July 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
July 29 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
July 31 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
August 1 – New York City, NY @ Madison Square Garden
August 4 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
August 5 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
August 7 – Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell
August 8 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
August 11 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
August 13 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
August 16 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
August 17 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
August 19 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
August 20 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
August 21 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
August 24 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
August 25 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
August 27 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
August 28 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
August 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
September 1 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
September 2 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
September 4 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
September 5 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
September 7 – Boise, ID @ Ford Idaho Center