The Smashing Pumpkins have announced their first live performance since December 2, 2000 will happen on May 22 in Paris, France at the historic and elegantly appointed Grand Rex. Tickets will go on sale April 11.
This will mark the first time The Smashing Pumpkins will unveil songs from the upcoming ‘Zeitgeist’ (Martha’s Music/Reprise) – their sixth album and first of new material since 2000’s ‘Machina/The Machines of God’ and the free, digital-only release ‘Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music.’
‘Zeitgeist’ was produced by Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin, with Roy Thomas Baker and Terry Date working separately on various tracks, and represents the culmination of two years of work.
After the Paris show, The Smashing Pumpkins will headline major European festivals from May 28 at Holland’s Pinkpop festival through June 17 at Switzerland’s Greenfield Festival, returning to England August 24 (Leeds Festival) and August 26 (Reading Festival). Stay tuned for more information about North American tour dates beyond the V Festivals confirmed in Washington, DC (August 5) and Toronto, ONT (September 8).
The Smashing Pumpkins have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in music history. Formed in Chicago in 1988, they 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.
Here are the initial tour dates:
Date: City: Venue:
Tue 5/22 Paris, France Grand Rex
Mon 5/28 Landgraaf, Neth. Pinkpop (Near Heerlen)
Thu 5/31 Barcelona, Spain Primavera Sound Festival
Sat 6/2 Nurburgring, Ger Nurburgring Race Track
Sun 6/3 Nuremberg, Ger Zeppelinfeld
Sat 6/9 Lisbon, Portugal Super Rock
Tue 6/12 Madrid, Spain Las Ventas
Fri 6/15 Nickelsdorf, Austria Nova Rock
Sat 6/16 Imola (Venice), Italy Heineken Jammin’ Festival
Sun 6/17 Interlaken, Swtz. Greenfield Festival
Sun 8/5 Washington, DC V Festival at Pimlico Park
Fri 8/24 Leeds, England Leeds Festival
Sun 8/26 Reading, England Reading Festival
Sat 9/8 Toronto, ON V Festival