(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)
After several months of rumors, speculation, and cryptic picture posts, The Smashing Pumpkins have officially broken their silence to announce their reunion.
With the news also comes their announcement of a planned tour, the “Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour“, the band’s first in nearly 20 years. By the way, the band is founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James Iha; while longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder will also take part, shifting the band to a three guitar line up.
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.
Currently, there is no word who will be providing bassist duties for the trek. Earlier this week, original bassist D’arcy Wretzky claimed that an invite for her to join the reunited band was later rescinded.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.“
The 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 Smashing Pumpkins charter lineup, with only Wretzky missing.
Although Iha played a handful of shows with the band in 2016, this will mark the first time he’s recorded and toured with The Smashing Pumpkins since 2000. Chamberlin has toured with them for the last couple of years, but last recorded with the group in 2007.
Produced by Live Nation, the 36-city tour will kick off in Glendale, Arizona on July 12th 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 23rd at 10:00 a.m. local time. They will be available at SmashingPumpkins.com, LiveNation.com, and via the Live Nation app.
Jul. 12 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
Jul. 14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
Jul. 16 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
Jul. 17 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Jul. 18 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Jul. 20 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Jul. 21 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
Jul. 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
Jul. 24 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
Jul. 25 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
Jul. 27 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
Jul. 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Jul. 29 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul. 31 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Aug. 01 – New York City, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Aug. 04 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Aug. 05 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
Aug. 07 – Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell
Aug. 08 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Aug. 11 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
Aug. 13 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
Aug. 16 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Aug. 17 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Aug. 19 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Aug. 20 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
Aug. 21 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
Aug. 24 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
Aug. 25 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
Aug. 27 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
Aug. 28 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
Aug. 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
Sep. 01 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
Sep. 02 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Sep. 04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
Sep. 05 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Sep. 07 – Boise, ID @ Ford Idaho Center