What to Do Tonight: Smashing Pumpkins

by

comment

I SMASH PUMPKINS!
  • I SMASH PUMPKINS!

Two years ago, Smashing Pumpkins launched a small-hall tour in Cleveland, and they’re doing it again, kicking off a 14-city jaunt this week at House of Blues. At the 2008 show, frontman Billy Corgan — who was in particularly good spirits, despite having endured two decades of band drama — finally seemed to be in control of his often caterwauling vocals. But it was apparent then, as it is now, that the group is pretty much a solo project at this point. Corgan is the only original member in the band these days. He can still play the heck out of a guitar, and his post-punk/goth/metal mixture of sounds still influences young artists. But with the exception of 1995’s adventurous Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, the band’s music really hasn’t held up. Smashing Pumpkins are touring behind the recent Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol. 1: Songs for a Sailor EP, the first of many to come based on an evolving online project. The Smashing Pumpkins, with Bad City, play House of Blues at 8 p.m. Tickets are $42.50 in advance and $45 the day of the show. Call 216-523-2583 or go to houseofblues.com.—Jeff Niesel

Review the show at clevescene.com/concertscene

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.