Smashing Pumpkins Open Tour in Cleveland — Do You Care?

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Billy Corgan and his new bass player
  • Billy Corgan and his new bass player

The Smashing Pumpkins have a new tour this summer. They're calling it an "intimate U.S. tour," because they're playing venues smaller than the arenas they used to pack back when they mattered.

They're opening the 14-date tour in Cleveland on July 6 at House of Blues.

But does anyone care?

The Pumpkins are a band in name only these days, since Billy Corgan is the only original member still around. Their recent EP, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol. 1: Songs for a Sailor, includes four recent songs released online for free. None of them is very good.

Apparently Japanese people still care about what Corgan is up to these days. After the string of U.S. shows — which wrap up in Memphis on July 24 — the Pumpkins are playing four huge shows in Tokyo and Osaka.

Word is, Corgan is planning to invite a few fans to sit in on the band's soundchecks at the U.S. shows. Which may or may not be a good thing, considering the Pumpkins' last tour a few years ago was filled with long and rambling sets filled with a bunch of songs nobody wanted to hear.

No ticket info is available yet for the House of Blues show. We'll keep you posted. —Michael Gallucci (follow me on Twitter @mgallucci)

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