Billy Corgan may have completely revamped the Smashing Pumpkins' lineup when he resurrected the band in 2007, but it's gonna take a lot more than to knock them out of the realm of alt-rock royalty. Touring for the new record Monuments to an Elegy, out Dec. 9, the band recently sold out shows in Paris, London, and New York immediately upon announcing them — and they just announced a San Francisco date at the Warfield, Dec. 11.
From what we've heard of the album so far, if we're lucky, it has a swirling, layered, guitar-heavy return to the sound that created such immersive worlds on albums like Siamese Dream. Here's “Tiberius,” which premiered on Vice yesterday.
[jump] Given that Billy Corgan has made more news in the past year or two for non-music activities, like his fierce love of cats, wrestling, and events at his Chicago tea shop, we're stoked to see him on a stage again. Backing him will be none other than Mark Stoermer from The Killers on bass and Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine on drums (filling in for Motley Crue's Tommy Lee, who played drums on the record).
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. West Coast time. Good luck, and may your SP experience be exactly like that time on Sabrina, The Teenage Witch when Melissa Joan Hart snuck out of her house on a vacuum cleaner to get to the show as “Tonight, Tonight” played in the background. (I can't find this on YouTube. Someone help; this is important.)