The Smashing Pumpkins will debut their new lineup at a pair of club dates
Dec. 2021 at one of their favorite hometown haunts, Chicago's Metro
The shows at the 1,100-capacity club will be the rock band's first with
former Hole bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur. The bassist joined the touring
version of the group last month in place of Pumpkins co-founder D'Arcy
Wretzky, who quit in September.
The shows, benefits for the Chicago Food Depository, will likely provide
a preview of the band's hard-rocking fifth studio album, MACHINA/the
machines of God, due Feb. 29. The Chicago band recorded the album in
the summer prior to Wretzky's departure.
"It's such an honor that the Metro was chosen for the first two shows for
their new record and new bass player," club owner Joe Shanahan said. "In
the past Billy has called the Metro his psychic home. I'm very excited
because this is as big as it gets, and it's why I'm still in the business."
Fans who bring two cans of food to the show will receive a signed Christmas
card from the group, according to a Metro press release.
Following the U.S. warm-up shows, the band will kick off a European tour
Jan. 7 at the Cirkus in Stockholm, Sweden, Pumpkins publicist Annie Ohayon
said. The two-week tour will take the band through Denmark, Italy, Spain,
France and England before winding up at the Music Center in Utrecht,
Germany, on Jan. 24.
No other U.S. dates have been announced.
The full track listing for the album, a return to the band's more psychedelic,
hard-edge rock sound, is: "The Everlasting Gaze," "Raindrops and Sunshowers,"
"Stand Inside Your Love," "I of the Mourning," "The Sacred and Profane,"
"Try, Try, Try," "Heavy Metal Machine," "This Time," "The Imploding Voice,"
"Glass and the Ghost Children," "Wound," "The Mercury Tree," "With Every
Light," "Blue Skies Bring Tears" and "Age of Innocence."
The album follows up the electronica-tinged Adore (1998), which
featured such keyboard-driven tunes as "Ava Adore" (RealAudio
excerpt) and "Daphne Descends" (RealAudio
The Pumpkins have a long tradition of performing at the Metro and its
cross-town sister club, the Double Door. They performed at the Metro last
year, opening for one of their idols, power-pop band Cheap Trick, and
frequently have used the club's upstairs rehearsal space to try out new
The group introduced its multiplatinum double CD Mellon Collie and the
Infinite Sadness (1995) with two shows at the Double Door, performing
the album's cathartic tunes to sellout crowds of 500. The band also played
an unannounced $5 show at the club under the name the Turnips following
the release of Siamese Dream (1993).
Shanahan said Corgan approached him about the upcoming shows only two
The new album marks the return of drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, who rejoined
the band earlier this year for a club tour. He had been ousted following
the fatal overdose of touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin in July 1996,
after which Chamberlin pleaded guilty to heroin possession.
Smashing Pumpkins tour dates:
Dec. 2021; Chicago, Ill.; Metro
Jan. 7; Stockholm, Sweden; Cirkus
Jan. 9; Copenhagen, Denmark; Cirkusbygningen
Jan. 11; Munich, Germany; Muffathalle
Jan. 12; Milan, Italy; Alcatraz
Jan. 15; Lisbon, Portugal; Lisbon Coliseum
Jan. 16; Madrid, Spain; Palacio de Congresos
Jan. 18; Paris, France; Elysee Montmarte
Jan. 19; Brussels, Belgium; Cirque Royale
Jan. 21; Manchester, England; Apollo
Jan. 22; London, England; Dominion
Jan. 24; Utrecht, Germany; Music Centre