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Smashing Pumpkins, The Bravery

Mon. September 24th 2007 7:30pm doors at 6:30pm PNE Forum (All Ages) 7:30pm doors at 6:30pm
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Presented by: Live Nation, 99.3 the FOX

on sale, fri 7/13 @ 10am

With their new album Zeitgeist set for a July 10th release, The Smashing Pumpkins have announced a full North American tour. Kicking off with a pair of festival performances (September 8 in Montreal and September 9 in Toronto), the trek will take the band to theatres and amphitheatres across the continent. The fall tour--the band’s first full-scale North American tour since 2000--is highlighted by stops in such cities as Boston and Philadelphia where the group will perform multiple nights, including eleven nights at The Filmore in San Francisco.

Zeitgeist–the sixth Smashing Pumpkins album and first since 2000--doesn’t just capture the spirit of our times, as the title might suggest. Even more impressively, Zeitgeist is a heartfelt, ambitious and deeply felt piece of work that vividly recaptures the spirit of this great and influential rock band. The release of Zeitgeist represents a powerful rebirth and reaffirmation of the Smashing Pumpkins by two of its key members, main singer-songwriter and guitarist Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin.

This second coming of the Pumpkins is also one of those rare examples of actual truth in 21st Century Advertising. Two years ago -- on the release date of his first solo album -- Corgan made headlines around the alternative rock universe by taking out ads in his hometown papers the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, an open letter publicly declaring his desire and intention to try “renewing and reviving” the Smashing Pumpkins. “I want my band back,” he wrote, “and my songs, and my dreams.”

More than two years later -- much of it spent working closely together first in Scottsdale, Arizona and later in Los Angeles -- Corgan and Chamberlin have managed to make good and then some on every line of Corgan’s declaration of non-independence. Right from the thrilling yet apocalyptic opening notes of “Doomsday Clock” to the final resounding chords of “Pomp And Circumstances,” Zeitgeist is quite clearly the sound of a rock group that has been emphatically renewed and revived and is now ready to embrace and further its musical legacy.

Formed in Chicago in 1988, The Smashing Pumpkins released Gish, their influential (and platinum) debut in 1991, which was followed by more platinum and multi-platinum albums including the nine-times platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-times platinum Siamese Dream. The pivotal group’s many hits include “Disarm,” “Today,” “Cherub Rock,” “1979,” “Tonight, Tonight” and “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” -- songs that defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation.

Corgan and Chamberlin are now on point to bring the band to life on the road. Their May 22nd show in Paris was the first Smashing Pumpkins show since December 2, 2000.
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