Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Tour Has Drama But Sets Sioux Falls in Sights
Smashing Pumpkins have announced a reunion tour that begins in 2018 - and August 21, the Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour hits the Denny Sanford Premier Center.
Frontman Billy Corgan said, "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. And so 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.”
Tickets on sale now at Ticketmaster and the Denny Sanford Premier Box Office and range in price from $31 - $127.
The first talk of a possible reunion tour was not without some drama. The question on everyone's mind was "will former bassist D'arcy Wretzky will join the tour?" Apparently not.
Wretzky claimed she was presented with a contract to participate in both the studio sessions and the tour, only to have Corgan rescind it and tell her, “Well, that wasn’t a real offer." Alternative Nation reported Wretzky also claimed that Corgan offered to have her come out and do sporadic appearances on the upcoming reunion tour, with Wretzky saying, "It was just unbelievable, really just disgusting. The f**king nerve, and then for him to come back and say, ‘Well, we haven’t seen you in this long, and you haven’t done this, and you couldn’t even make it to this. Everyone has shown up, and you didn’t?’ How could I, I didn’t even know you were there?"
The Pumpkins have issued a statement, saying "In reuniting The Smashing Pumpkins, the band's dedication remains to its fans and its music. To that, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and William Corgan haven't played a show with D'arcy Wretzky for over 18 years. But it's not for a lack of trying. 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. We wish her all the best, and look forward to reconnecting with you all very soon." Press release from Consequence Of Sound
Here's to the dust settling and a great tour coming to Sioux Falls. Check out the brand-new tour video below: