Rock fans, get ready for one of the biggest alternative rock bands of the 90’s, Smashing Pumpkins, coming to Manila.
The Smashing Pumpkins came from Chicago in 1988, formed by frontman Billy Corgan (lead vocals, lead guitar) with original members James Iha (rhythm guitar), D’arcy Wretzky (bass guitar) and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums).
The Pumpkins have a diverse, densely layered, and guitar-heavy sound. Containing elements of gothic rock, grunge, heavy metal, dream pop, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, shoe gaze style production, and, in later recordings, electronica.
As a band, the Pumpkins have created some of the most acclaimed works in musical history. They sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy awards in the process. Gish, their influential platinum debut in 1991 was formed in 1988, followed by nine-platinum Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness and the four-time platinum Siamese Dream, as well as the platinum- certified 1998 album Adore. The group's music continually plays on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation.
New Pumpkins. The current band members are 22-year old Mike Byrne on drums, Nicole Fiorentino, on bass who also plays for Veruca Salt [alternative rock band], Korean-America Jeff Shroeder on rhytm guitar – this is the same band line-up behind their album Oceania, which is way different from the albums where Billy Corgan played most of the instruments.
Oceania, has kept the Pumpkins vibe, it is still 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 award winning song Bullet with Butterfly Wings, as well as Tonight, Tonight, 1979 and others. Oceania is unlike any other album Corgan has made, largely in part to the significant contributions of his new band members.
Smashing Pumpkins Experience. The Smashing Pumpkins live will be a musical experience unlike any other. According allmusic.com the band has been “responsible for some of the 90’s most striking and memorable clips” and they are the few bands that truly treated music videos as a form of art.
The Smashing Pumpkins Live in Manila is happening on August 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm, Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Smashing Pumpkins Live in Manila is presented by: Little Asia; co-presented by Russian Standard Vodka; with major sponsor FOX; special thanks to Music Management International, Polyeast EMI, and FILSCAP; with media partners: Rogue, RX 93.1 and Mellow 94.7. For tickets, call TicketNet at 911-5555 or visit www.ticketnet.com.ph. Tickets prices are: Patron P4,555 (STANDING), Lower Box P3,555 (RESERVED SEATING), Upper Box A P1,755 (FREE SEATING), Upper Box B P995 (FREE SEATING), General Admission 555 (FREE SEATING) plus applicable service charge. Contact Charlemagne Lim at 0917-8334223 for Little Asia promos and further inquiries. Hurry and get your tickets now.