The SMASHING PUMPKINS have announced a one-off concert at London, England's Shepherds Bush Empire on June 19. This will be the group's only U.K. show prior to their appearance at The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals in August. Tickets will go on sale Friday, June 1 at 9:30 a.m.
A four-minute video clip containing footage of SMASHING PUMPKINS performing their first show since Dec. 2, 2000 — held on May 22 at Paris' 2,200-capacity Grand Rex — has been posted at YouTube (the clip is set to the sound of the band's new single, "Tarantula"). The group's three-hour, 29-song set introduced new guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Ginger Reyes and keyboardist Lisa Harriton into the PUMPKINS' lineup, which now includes lone original members Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin.
According to Billboard.com, the gig opened with the track "United States", from the band's impending comeback album, "Zeitgeist", due July 10 via Martha's Music/Reprise. A host of other new songs were played, including first single "Tarantula", "Doomsday Clock", "Starz" and "Orchid".
There was also a sizable chunk of vintage PUMPKINS material, including "Today", "Hummer", "Cherub Rock", "Disarm" and "Silverfu*k". An acoustic set was sandwiched into the middle of the gig, featuring tracks like "33", "Winterlong" and "To Sheila".