Smashing Pumpkins want to party with you like it’s ‘1979’

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Smashing Pumpkins are offering fans the chance to attend a house party in the style of their iconic music video for ‘1979’.

The rock veterans, who currently gearing up for a US tour as well as the release of three EPs of new material with the majority of their ‘classic’ founding line-up, this week announced details of a ‘1979 House Party’ in Los Angeles on June 28.

As as well as the chance be part of an intimate performance featuring the band recreating the house party scene from the legendary 1996 video from their classic third album ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’, fans also have a chance of winning a Yamaha guitar, a two night stay at The Hilton and return flights to Los Angeles.

This week saw frontman Billy Corgan compare the ’90s grunge scene to a ‘high school popularity contest‘.

“If everybody is sort of branded with the same brush, okay we can live that,” he said. “But you know, you’d see some people would be exalted and their sins were forgivable.”

“It really reminded me of high school, which I didn’t like. So now I’m in the bigger high school and now we’re playing with millions of dollars and millions of people, and it’s just like a popularity contest. And it brought out maybe the worst or the best in my personality, which was like, ‘I’m gonna take this on and I’m gonna use myself as the battering ram so I’m gonna make it about me, knowing it’s not about me.’”

Corgan also recently shared a first glimpse of the band’s upcoming music video for comeback single ‘Solara‘. This will be part of three EPs of new material due for release in the weeks ahead.

 The eight tracks (titled ‘Alienation’, ‘Travels’, ‘Silvery Sometimes’, ‘Solara’, ‘With Sympathy’, ‘Marchin’ On’, ‘Knights of Malta’, ‘Seek And You Shall Destroy’) were produced by Rick Rubin and feature Corgan on guitar and vocals, along with guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin from the original line-up, joined by longtime recent collaborator Jeff Schroeder.