If you were around in the 1990s, you know that The Smashing Pumpkins are one of the most iconic bands of the era. Their sound transcended genre: was it grunge, goth, alternative, metal, psychedelic, or just straight-up rock? The unique flavor is what makes the Pumpkins a popular group nationwide to this day. A dark, soulful, elaborate melody is what you expect from The Smashing Pumpkins. Don't miss out on the nostalgia and magic of the Smashing Pumpkins. View the schedule below for opportunities to purchase Smashing Pumpkins tickets.
When he was 19, Billy Corgan moved to Florida as the lead for a goth band called The Marked. Corgan reluctantly returned to the Chicago area a couple of years later, where he began formulating plans for a new band. Corgan met his guitarist James Iha while working at a record store, and he met his future bassist, D'Arcy Wretzky, at a club show. Allegedly, Wretzky and Corgan were arguing about the quality of the show they had just seen and became friends, and then collaborators, as a result. The three musicians formed The Smashing Pumpkins in 1988 and released their first single, "I am One," in 1990 on a local label. The Smashing Pumpkins gained a lot of attention from record labels as a result of their early success, and Billy Corgan's band slyly managed to hold onto their "indie cred" while signing to the large record label Virgin Records. When Gish was released in 1991, it was a smash hit among the college-aged crowd and their supporting tour had them opening for acts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam. Around this time, the indie community began picking at The Smashing Pumpkins, but the Pumpkins were resilient.
In spite of some tension among the members of the band, Siamese Dream was released in 1993 and it was enjoyed by critics and fans alike. The success of The Smashing Pumpkins in 1993 led them to be the headlining act of Lollapalooza 1994, and when the band disembarked from the tour, Billy Corgan announced that the next Smashing Pumpkins CD would have two discs. When Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness premiered in 1995, it debuted at #1 on the charts and was certified platinum 6 times over. The single "Tonight, Tonight" from Mellon Collie is still one of the best known Smashing Pumpkins singles of all time. The tour to support the album changed the face of Smashing Pumpkins tours, as they sold out tickets for huge venues for the first time. In the midst of the incredible success, tragedy struck. The band's keyboardist died of a heroin overdose, and their drummer (who also overdosed, but survived) was fired from the band in the aftermath. In 1998, the Smashing Pumpkins released Adore, which was met with a rather cool reception by fans and critics alike. After D'Arcy Wretzky left the band just prior to the release of MACHINA: The Machines of God in 2000, Billy Corgan announced that he was dissolving the Smashing Pumpkins that year, after a farewell tour. The tour featured a bassist from Hole, and the final show was held in Chicago at the Metro, where they played their first show in 1988.
The group reunited in 2006, with only the formerly-fired drummer Chamberlin and Billy Corgan remaining as original members. They released Zeitgeist in 2007. 2008 marked the 20th anniversary of the birth of The Smashing Pumpkins, and the group embarked on The Smashing Pumpkins Anniversary Tour, which will took them all over the United States and Canada. While Iha and Wretzky (the original guitarist and bassist of Smashing Pumpkins) weren't along for the tour, Corgan brought along all of the current members of the band for the concerts. The newer members are incredibly talented and are fantastic at maintaining the integrity of the original Smashing Pumpkins sound, while bringing the 90s sensation into the 2000s with style.