|Hailing from Chicago, The Smashing Pumpkins have become an integral part of the classic alternative rock scene. The group first rose to fame in the late 1980s and is still relevant and touring today. The Pumpkins have undergone a number of lineup changes. Originally, the band was comprised of Billy Corgan on lead vocals and guitar, Jimmy Chamberlin on drums, D’arcy Wretzky on bass and James Iha on lead guitar. As of 2015, the group’s lineup centers around Corgan and Jeff Schroeder, a lead guitarist, with an alternating cast of supporting members filling out its touring roster. Famous for classic hits such as “Where Boys Fear to Tread,” “1979,” “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” and “Tonight, Tonight,” the band holds a special place in the hearts of alternative rock fans everywhere. Take in this staple of alt rock by purchasing your Smashing Pumpkins tickets today!
The group first formed in 1988 when Corgan moved to Chicago. He met Iha while working in a record store in the Windy City, and the two began recording music together immediately. They both had a deep interest in guitar-driven psychedelic sounds, so initially it was just the two of them playing with an automated drum kit. The duo played several shows together, and ultimately recruited Chamberlin to join their efforts after a club owner said he would no longer book them without a live drummer. Chamberlin’s background as a jazz drummer brought a new element to the burgeoning group, which showed heavily in their first release, an album called Gish, which was put out by Caroline Records in 1991.
Rise to fame
The group experienced considerable touring success with Gish, and quickly signed to another label, Virgin Records. At the same time, Chamberlin was experiencing considerable problems with addiction and the band was undergoing a host of personal communication problems. In order to distance itself from the chaos, the band relocated to Georgia to work on its highly anticipated second record, Siamese Dream. The album was released by Virgin in 1993 and elevated the Pumpkins to new heights of success. While their sales and touring presence expanded rapidly over the following several years, internal problems led the group to go on a long hiatus in 2000. Between 1993 and 2000, The Pumpkins released Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Adore and a double album called Machina.
Reformation and other work
The group announced its reformation via a newspaper ad taken out by Corgan in 2005. With a modified recording and touring roster, the band quickly got to work on its next album, Zeitgeist, which came out in April 2007. The band began touring that month in Paris and drew considerable crowds despite the fact that Zeitgeistreceived mixed reviews from critics. Between then and 2015, The Smashing Pumpkins have put out two more records: Teargarden by Kaleidyscope and Oceania.