Smashing Pumpkins Head To Ireland For Blind Date

As one last bit of business before 2000, the Smashing Pumpkins headed to Ireland to play a Blind Date show for 1,000 fans in Dublin.

The Pumpkins rolled into Dublin's Vicar Street Thursday for the latest in Miller Genuine Draft's ongoing Blind Date concert series., and gave the band the chance to log more stage time with brand spanking new bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur (formerly of Hole).

Contest winners were flown in to Dublin from various U.S. and European cities without knowing what musical fate awaited them. After the mystery ended, the band rolled out new material from the Pumpkins' eagerly anticipated "Machina/The Machines of God" album (which is due in February).

The Pumpkins now join a list of past Blind Date acts that includes Limp Bizkit, Hole, Stone Temple Pilots, and Foo Fighters among others.