Smashing Pumpkins’ Cash-In Is Something I’ll Probably Pay Money For

Sep 24th, 2008 // 12 Comments


Billy Corgan has announced the Smashing Pumpkins’ 20th-anniversary tour, which in a few cities will be highlighted by two-night stints that will have completely different set lists (one will be dubbed “Black Sunshine,” the other “White Crosses”). OK yeah I know that I have previously been a bit skeptical about all of Billy Corgan’s anniversarizing, and calling this November jaunt a “20th-anniversary tour” is a bit of a stretch given the lineup changes and “hiatuses” and what-have-you, but whatever, I’m excited. I’ll admit it. Mainly because the “two nights, no repeats” structure of the shows opens the door for a lot of rarities to get some stage time, including “Starla,” above, which was a b-side for the “I Am One” single and which has a crazy awesome coda. Full list of tour dates after the jump.



Nov. 01 – Cleveland, OH – Palace Theatre
Nov. 03 – Toronto, ONT – Massey Hall
Nov. 04 – Toronto, ONT – Massey Hall
Nov. 06 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre
Nov. 07 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre
Nov. 08 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata
Nov. 11 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall
Nov. 12 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall
Nov. 14 – Boston, MA – Wang Center
Nov. 15 – Boston, MA – Wang Center
Nov. 16 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Nov. 18 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
Nov. 19 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
Nov. 21 – Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theatre
Nov. 22 – Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theatre
Nov. 26 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre
Nov. 30 – San Diego, CA – RIMAC Arena
Dec. 02 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre
Dec. 03 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre

And here is a special treat for those of you who read this far:

Smashing Pumpkins – Starla [YouTube]
Smashing Pumpkins on “Muppets Tonight” [YouTube]
[Tour dates via Blabbermouth]

  1. Ned Raggett

    :-D at that clip.

    Gibson was where I last saw them in 2000….and I think I just want to let that be the final memory.

  2. TriedandTrue

    They won’t get my money but I have to begrudgingly admit they picked two stellar Chicago venues to hold their own 4 night stand here.

  3. Thierry

    I’d actually consider this if not for the “no repeats” thing. Massey Hall is one of the greatest venues in North America and is pretty intimate (2500 seats, great sound) and the ticket prices are reasonable (around $50), but I’m not likely to be able to get tickets for both nights and really wouldn’t want to be there on the night they decide to play mostly MACHINA and Zeitgeist tracks…

  4. Anonymous

    Starla… starla… where have I read that name before? Usually followed by @lulu.nwu.edu, if memory serves.

  5. Maura Johnston

    @clevername: merle, actually :)

  6. Chris Molanphy

    Love the band but will never give them my concert dollar again after Billy Corgan berated the crowd at a Lollapalooza ’94 show I was unfortunate enough to endure. What a prick.

  7. Audif Jackson Winters III

    @Chris Molanphy: Was that a “no moshing” diatribe?

  8. Chris Molanphy

    @Audif Jackson Winters III: I wish! I would’ve cheered for him.

    No, it was an anti-hipsters diatribe that quickly devolved into a you’re-all-looking-at-me-and-judging-me-and-I-hate-you-all rant against pretty much anyone within eyeshot. And then he drew out the bridge of the song he was playing to turn it into a whiny little rant about how people can’t tell him anything, blah-blah-blah. Oh, it was insufferable.

    Such a tool. Makes the occasional great record, but…oy. A tool.

  9. DJorn

    @Ned Raggett: Me too! I saw Lolla twice that year and he gave the same rambling speech almost word for word in the same section of the same song. Then apologised for it both times as if it were some sort of “spontaneous” train wreck. What a joke.

    Worth it to see the Beasties twice that year, though. Tough to rock a festival crowd that hard.

  10. Chris Molanphy

    @Ned Raggett: Wow, that obnoxious rant was all an act?! WHY would you concoct something like that? Oy.

    @DJorn: Beasties should’ve headlined that Lolla edition. They put on a much better show than SP did, to my great surprise.

  11. bruzie

    Of course Starla is on the Pieces Iscariot album so it’s a bit more accessible that way.

    Billy met a girl at a party and liked her name so he named the song after her. When he met up with her later, he asked if she liked the song he named after her. “What song?” “Starla.” “Starla? My name is Darla!”

  12. Ned Raggett

    @Chris Molanphy: Hahah, I saw him do that twice at Lolla 94 (saw both LA dates). So silly. (And then I saw the band a few more times after that, so hey.)

    @bruzie: He should have immediately shifted gears and said, “Uh, I meant the label I named after you.”

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