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 22 in Portland, Oregon and wrap on April 20 in Houston, Texas.
Tickets for the "In Plainsong" tour will go on sale beginning Friday, February 5 at 9 a.m. EST.
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 six 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 six 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 200 album chart at No. 1.
"In Plainsong" tour dates:
Mar. 22 - Portland, Ore. @ Schnitzer Hall
Mar. 23 - Seattle, Wash. @ The Paramount
Mar. 25 - San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
Mar. 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Mar. 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Mar. 29 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
Mar. 30 - Denver, CO @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Apr. 01 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
Apr. 02 - Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
Apr. 04 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
Apr. 08 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
Apr. 09 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
Apr. 10 - Washington, D.C. @ Lincoln Theatre
Apr. 12 - Toronto, ONT @ Massey Hall
Apr. 14 - Chicago, IL @ Civic Opera House
Apr. 15 - Louisville, KY @ Palace Theater
Apr. 16 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
Apr. 18 - Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater
Apr. 19 - Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
Apr. 20 - Houston, TX @ Cullen Performance Hall