Billy Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins have announced the first details of their upcoming North American tour in support of their most recent album Oceana (note to self: still need to review that), including cities they'll play and even a few hints about the visual elements of the upcoming show.
We hate dates for shows in Canada and Mexico and it looks as though the US leg of the tour will kick off October 10 in Seattle. After that, we have a list of cities but no specific dates or venues. In case you're wondering -- and admit it, you are -- they don't have a date scheduled near me in this first run but I'm not going to be bitter... yet. This first US run only unveils 14 cities, including Corgan's hometown of Chicago. There's no guarantee but it doesn't take much imagination to see them expanding the tour beyond a 14-city US run.
We can confirm the following cities will be visited on the tour: Seattle, WA, San Francisco, CA, San Diego, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO, St. Louis, MO, Chicago, IL, Minneapolis, MN, Detroit, MI, Boston, MA, Brooklyn, NY, Camden, NJ, Fairfax, VA, and Uncasville, CT. Dates for Mexico City and Monterrey have been announced as September 22 and 23 respectively. Shows in Canada will bookend October with Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver being played in early October and Toronto and Montreal come at the end of the month.
As for those visuals, if you've seen Roger Waters groundbreaking The Wall tour, Corgan has tapped one of the people who helped create those visuals to assist with the presentation on this tour. A press release from the band says they "will be using new technology in video-mapping to create something new and previously unseen." This, kids, is another example of what makes Corgan so engaging. The ambition makes him a brilliant and maddening artist and visionary. I really hope they do get a tour stop near me. I'd like to hear and experience whatever it is Sir William of Corgan has dreamed up for this latest voyage.