Smashing Pumpkins will play a huge UK arena show later this year.
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The band reunited with most of its ‘classic’ original line-up a few months ago, with guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin joining Corgan and long-term collaborator Jeff Schroeder.
In February, they announced a reunion tour, kicking off in Arizona on July 12 and finishing up in Idaho on September 7.
Now the band have announced the first UK tour date, playing London’s SSE Wembley Arena on Oct 16. They’ll also be playing a show in Bologna, Italy on October 18. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday 22 – you can grab them here. See the announcement poster for London below:
In the lead up to the announcement, the band teased fans with a series of cryptic posters spotted around London.
The poster read “the world is a vampire” with the date ‘16.10.18’ written below.
D’arcy Wretzky will not be joining the band on tour, with Wretzky opening up about her fraught relationship with Corgan over the past few months.
Corgan responded, telling Howard Stern: “Yeah, that would fall under one of the 400 libellous and defamatory things she said that has no bearing in reality.”
Speaking of their breakdown in negotiations leading up to the band’s comeback, Corgan continued: “The simple version of the story, which is convoluted, but the simple version is I spent two years trying to build my relationship, much like James [Iha] and I had built our relationship, so music seemed to be possible because there was good dialogue.
“Every time I talked to her on the phone she was absolutely lovely, she was sweet, she said things she’d never said to me, she complimented me, she said, ‘You wrote so many amazing songs, and I’m so proud of you. It’s great, and I know you’re a great father.’ I’m dealing with somebody who seems to me to be the grown up version of what we are now, so I was thinking it was possible.”