FIRST MAJOR CANADIAN TOUR IN TEN YEARS
BAND TO PERFORM THEIR ACCLAIMED ALBUM ‘OCEANIA’
IN FULL, FOLLOWED BY A SET OF CLASSICS AND DEEP CUTS
THE SHOW’S VISUALS USE NEW TECHNOLOGY IN VIDEO-MAPPING THAT WERE PREPARED BY SEAN EVANS (ROGER WATERS’ “THE WALL”)
TORONTO, ON – (MONDAY, AUGUST 20) – THE SMASHING PUMPKINS–singer/guitarist BILLY CORGAN, guitarist
JEFF SCHROEDER, drummer MIKE BYRNE andbassist NICOLE FIORENTINO—will embark on a North American tour launching October 2 in Winnipegincluding one night at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on October 25th. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 24th at 10am at the Air Canada Centre Box Office, Ticketmaster.ca or chare by phone 855-985-5000.
“Wow, seriously. What a sight. What a sound. What a show. The Smashing Pumpkins have still got it.” –Love Rod & Dave-O, TRIPLEM.AU, August 1, 2012 (headline show in Sydney)
Look for the band to perform their critically acclaimed album OCEANIA–which entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4 and earned the #1 spot on the Independent Albums Chart this past June–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.
A limited amount of VIP Packages will be made available giving fans access to an amazing, exclusive opportunity. In addition to a premium ticket or GA ticket with elevated viewing access, packages may 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 merch. Visit http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/ for more information on these VIP Packages.
OCEANIA (Martha’s Music/EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution) was created by the band at Corgan’s private studio in Chicagoas 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. Marking THE SMASHING PUMPKINS’ 7thstudio record and 7th Top Ten album, it is “an album within an album,” part of their 44-song work-in-progress TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE. Of OCEANIA, USA Today said Corgan’s “creative engines are roaring with an intensity and creative pluck unmatched since his mid-’90s classics” (6/19/12); the Los Angeles Times said it is “the best thing the Pumpkins have done since the ‘90s” (6/19/12); and the Chicago Tribune called it “Corgan’s best work since the ‘90s” (6/15/12).
The PUMPKINS are coming offa successful tour of Australia, New Zealand and South Korea that ran from July 26-August 14. They headlined festivals and, at their own shows, performed OCEANIA in full, followed by a set of classics and deep cuts (see critical quotes below).
“Oceania is a great album….this record transports you back to the ‘90s Pumpkins, when things were epic, huge, and felt just oh-so-connected-and-good. ‘Panopticon’ and ‘Pinwheels’ were standouts, and the remarkable thing is while I had a month of listening to his album before the show, my friend who hadn’t heard a thing still enjoyed it.”
–David Farrier, 3NEWS.CO, August 5, 2012 (headline show)
“’Quasar,’ the opening track from Oceaniawas pulverising, an exhilarating collision of tumbling drums and piercing, wailing guitars that announced the band were here to play with intent and conviction. From there on the new album slowly revealed itself over the next hour, shifting between the riff heavy tracks and the moodier, quieter moments that often featured addition synths and loops. ‘My Love Is Winter’ felt like the moment where it all began to gel with Corgan delivering the melodically anthemic chorus that felt like a return to some of his stronger songwriting moments. ‘One Diamond, One Heart’ and ‘Pinwheels’ continued the same vibe with an added electronic nod…drummer Mike Byrne nailed everything and played with bombast and subtlety in equal measures and Jeff Schroeder was Corgan’s equal in terms of paint peeling solos and some wonderful textural playing to match.”
— FASTERLOUDER.AU, August 1, 2012 (headline show)
“… 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)
The PUMPKINS’ confirmed Canadian tour dates are below:
October 2, 2012 MTS Centre Winnipeg, Manitoba
October 4, 2102 Scotiabank Saddledome Calgary, Alberta
October 5, 2012 Rexall Place Edmonton, Alberta
October 7, 2012 Rogers Arena Vancouver, BC
October 25, 2012 Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario
October 28, 2012 University of Montreal Montreal, Quebec
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.