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THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
ANNOUNCE MAJOR U.S. ARENA TOUR 
STARTING OCTOBER 10 IN SEATTLE

BAND TO PERFORM THEIR ACCLAIMED ALBUM ‘OCEANIA’
FOLLOWED BY A SET OF THEIR CLASSICS AND DEEP CUTS

THE SHOW’S VISUALS USE NEW TECHNOLOGY IN VIDEO-MAPPING THAT
WERE PREPARED BY SEAN EVANS  (ROGER WATERS’ “THE WALL”)

BAND TO PERFORM “THE CELESTIALS” FROM ‘OCEANIA’
ON THE “TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO”
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23

 

“Wow, seriously. What a sight. What a sound. What a show.
The Smashing Pumpkins have still got it.” TRIPLEM.AU, August 1, 2012

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS--singer/guitarist BILLY CORGAN, guitarist JEFF SCHROEDER, drummer MIKE BYRNE and bassist NICOLE FIORENTINO—will embark on a U.S. tour launching October 10 in Seattle, WA.

Look for the band to perform their critically acclaimed album OCEANIA in full and for the second half of the show they’ll play classics and deep cuts from their body of work.  The PUMPKINS will be backed by visuals prepared by Sean Evans, whose most recent project was assisting Roger Waters on the newest staging of “The Wall.” THE PUMPKINS will be using new technology in video-mapping to create something new and previously unseen.

Citi® cardmembers will have access to presale tickets for these shows starting August 27th 2012 through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. General sales information will be announced in each tour market.

A limited amount of VIP Packages will be made available giving fans access to an amazing, exclusive opportunities.  In addition to a premium ticket or GA ticket with elevated viewing access, some packages include a 3-song Backstage Performance with the band including a Q&A, an autographed limited edition tour poster, an on-site VIP Concierge, a copy of the new CD OCEANIA, and exclusive merchandise. Visit http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/ or http://www.citiprivatepass.com/ for more information on these VIP Packages.

The PUMPKINS’ confirmed U.S. tour markets are below. More to follow soon:

Seattle, WA
San Francisco, CA
San Diego, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Denver, CO
St Louis, MO
Chicago, IL
Minneapolis, MN
Detroit, MI
Boston, MA
Brooklyn, NY
Camden, NJ
Fairfax, VA
Uncasville, CT

 

Meanwhile, the PUMPKINS will perform “The Celestials” from OCEANIA Thursday, August 23 on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” their first national television performance since the album’s release.

OCEANIA (Martha’s Music/EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution) was created by the band at Corgan’s private studio in Chicago as a true album experience for listeners to fully immerse themselves in. The powerful 13-song collection was produced by Corgan and Bjorn Thorsrud and mixed by David Bottrill. It entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4 and earned the #1 spot on the Independent Albums Chart this past June.

USA Today said Corgan’s “creative engines are roaring with an intensity and creative pluck unmatched since his mid-'90s classics” (6/19/12).
Los Angeles Times said it is “the best thing the Pumpkins have done since the ‘90s” (6/19/12).
Chicago Tribune called it “Corgan’s best work since the ‘90s” (6/15/12).
The PUMPKINS are coming off a successful tour of Australia, New Zealand and South Korea that ran from July 26-August 14. 

Here is what the press overseas said about the Oceania Tour:

"... included the head-spinning thump of ‘Quasar,’ the pounding positivity of ‘Panopticon’ and ‘The Celestials’--a Corgan singalong special that's worthy of inclusion on the band's landmark 1993 album Siamese Dream. Other standouts included the shimmering ballad ‘Pinwheels,’ the epic and moody shapechanging title track that finished with a classic Corgan guitar freak out, and ‘One Diamond, One Heart,’ which came with an electro stomp like something from the band's controversial but underrated 1998 record Adore."
--Chris Schulz, NEW ZEALAND HERALD, August 5, 2012 (headline show)

"There definitely are not many musical acts that can wow an Auckland audience consisting of fans from different generations but The Smashing Pumpkins did just that last night."
--Trevor Quinn, STUFF.CO, August 5, 2012 (headline show)

“…they wrapped the three-day festival on Sunday with a monster set…”
-- Lars Brandle, BILLBOARD.COM, July 30, 2012 (review of band’s show Down Under when they were one of the headliners of the Splendour In The Grass festival)

“…a triumphant headline set spanning their 20-year career.”
--Ross Purdie, COURIERMAIL.AU, July 30, 2012 (Splendour In The Grass festival)

“…a massive 17 song festival set that would satisfy any fan, with a perfect blend of old and new material.”
-- MTV.COM.AU, August 1, 2012 (Splendour In The Grass festival)

 

About THE SMASHING PUMPKINS:
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy Awards in the process.  Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential and platinum debut in 1991, which was followed by albums including the nine-time platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-time platinum Siamese Dream, as well as the platinum certified 1998 album Adore.   The pivotal group’s many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation.   The PUMPKINS returned in 2007 with their acclaimed sixth album Zeitgeist.  They have since remained on the cutting edge of music and technology with various online releases. In June 2012, the band released the album Oceania, via Martha’s Music/EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution. Marking THE SMASHING PUMPKINS’ 7th studio record, it is “an album within an album,” part of their 44-song work-in-progress Teargarden By Kaleidyscope.
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