Smashing Pumpkins finally announces reunion tour with three quarters of original lineup

After an ongoing recent public spat between founding bassist D'Arcy Wretzky and famously cantankerous frontman Billy Corgan, it is now official that D'arcy will not be joining the Pumpkins on the "Shiny and Oh So Bright" tour.

Music’s worst kept secret is finally official: Three-fourths of Smashing Pumpkins’ founding lineup — frontman Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha, and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin — are reuniting for a US tour. It’s the first time the band is touring since 2000 and comes just in time for the celebration Smashing Pumpkin's 30th anniversary.

The “Shiny And Oh So Bright,” tour spans across 36 city arenas, kicks off in July and runs into early September with overseas dates seeming likely to follow.

“Some 30 years ago, as The Smashing Pumpkins, James Iha and I began a musical journey in the cramped rear bedroom of my Father’s house,” Corgan said in a statement announcing the tour. “And so it’s magic to me that we’re able to coalesce once more around the incredible Jimmy Chamberlin, to celebrate those songs we’ve made together.”

As you might have heard, the band will not be joined by their founding bassist Darcy Wretzky. Depending on who you believe, either Corgan lied to Wretzky about her involvement from the very beginning, or Wretzky “always deferred” overtures from Corgan “to participate in demo sessions, or at the very least, meet face-to-face.” The drama between the Pumpkins founders took an ugly turn earlier this week when Wretzky released text messages conversations to prove a point.

The identity of the band’s touring bassist has not been announced, but it did come up in the above-mentioned text messages that it could either be Jack Bates, the bassist of Joy Division or New Order's Peter Hook.

But what has been confirmed is that Corgan, Iha, and Chamberlin will be accompanied on the road by longtime Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder, “as the band moves to a three-guitar lineup to better emulate the signature tones and textures of their albums.”

The video announcing the tour features Ali Laenger and Lysandra Roberts, who appeared on the cover of the band’s 1993 Siamese Dream album when they were children. The video’s caption says the tour will be “celebrating songs from their first 5 albums: ‘Gish,’ ‘Siamese Dream,’ ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,’ ‘Adore’ and ‘Machina/The Machines of God.’”

Watch the video of the tour announcement below:

The video announcing the tour features Ali Laenger and LySandra Roberts, who appeared on the cover of the band’s 1993 “Siamese Dream” album when they were children. (Image Source: Pinterest)

“This show and staging will be unlike any we’ve ever done, and will feature a set unlike any we’ve ever played. For if this is a chance at a new beginning, we plan on ushering it in with a real bang,” Corgan said in a statement.

Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour Dates:

07/12 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
07/14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
07/16 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
07/17 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
07/18 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
07/20 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
07/21 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Centre
07/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
07/24 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
07/25 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
07/27 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
07/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
07/29 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
07/31 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
08/01 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
08/04 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
08/05 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
08/07 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
08/08 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
08/11 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
08/13 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
08/16 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
08/17 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
08/19 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
08/20 – Omaha, NE @ Centurylink Center
08/21 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
08/24 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
08/25 – Portland, OR @ MODA Center
08/27 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
08/28 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
08/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Forum
09/01 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
09/02 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
09/04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
09/05 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
09/07 – Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center

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