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July 26, 2012

The Smashing Pumpkins Live in Manila

The Smashing Pumpkins was formed in Chicago in 1988, with original members Billy Corgan (lead vocals, lead guitar), James Iha (rhythm guitar), D’arcy Wretzky (bass guitar) and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums).

As a band, they have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy awards in the process. Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential and platinum debut in 1991, which was followed by albums including the nine- time platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-time platinum Siamese Dream, as well as the platinum certified 1998 album Adore. The pivotal group’s many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation.

Since then, the band has had many membership variations with Corgan being the main constant. The current band members are: 22-year-old Mike Byrne on drums, Nicole Fiorentino on bass who also plays for Veruca Salt, Korean-American Jeff Schroeder on rhythm guitar - this is the same band line-up behind their new album titled Oceania, which has a different vibe from previous albums where Billy Corgan played most of the instruments himself.

Oceania has the familiar Pumpkins feel that 90’s music fans have come to love. It’s still as epic and emotional, as a Pumpkins record should be, but with a modern twist. Corgan states that Oceania is the strongest band offering since 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, the double album dubbed by Time as “the group’s most ambitious and accomplished work yet” which includes Grammy award-winning song Bullet with Butterfly Wings, as well as Tonight, Tonight, 1979 and others. Oceania is unlike any album Corgan has made, largely in part to the significant contributions of his new band members.

The Pumpkins plans to perform songs from Oceania at their solo shows worldwide, utilizing video mapping to create stunning visuals that go well with the music as well as the classics that they are most known for. The Smashing Pumpkins live will be a musical experience unlike any other. says that the band has been “responsible for some of the 90s’ most striking and memorable video clips” and they are one of the few bands that truly treated music videos as an art form. In 1996, the band took home 7 MTV Video Music Awards for Tonight, Tonight and 1979. The band continues its legacy of being in the cutting edge of music and technology with various online releases.

The Smashing Pumpkins is a band that any real music fan must see live - to hear the progressive music, to behold the visuals they’ve come to be known for, to be transported into a different world and to immerse all your senses into Pumpkin land. Rock fans, get ready to hear the sound in Planet Pumpkin.

Ticket Prices:
Patron (Standing): P4,555
Lower Box (Reserved Seating): P3,555
Upper Box A (Free Seating): P1,755
Upper Box B (Free Seating): P995
General Admission (Free Seating): P555

Contact Details:
For ticket inquiries and reservations, please call Ticketnet at (63 2) 911-5555.
Smart Araneta Coliseum
Araneta Center

Gen. Araneta cor. Gen. Roxas Ave., Araneta Center
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:30 PM

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