Billy Corgan and crew are back on the road and if you are one of the lucky ones to score tickets you will be able to see them at the historic Cain’s Ballroom on Friday night. Tickets for The Smashing Pumpkins, who are making their first appearance in Tulsa in 14 years, sold out in less than a half hour.
The Pumpkins formed in Chicago in 1988. Corgan, the front-man and co-founder, has been the one constant for the band throughout the years. The group broke into the mainstream in the early 90’s with their debut album titled "Gish". They went on tour in support of the album, opening for bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction and Guns N’ Roses.
The band’s biggest success came from their 1995 double-album titled "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness", which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and has been certified nine times platinum. Hits from the album include "Bullet with Butterfly Wings", "1979", "Zero" and "Tonight, Tonight". The group decided to call it quits at the end of a 2000 tour.
The Pumpkins re-formed in 2007 with three new members during a concert in Paris, France. The crowd on Friday will see another revamped lineup for the group, after Jimmy Chamberlin – the only original member besides Corgan departed in 2009. 20 year-old drummer Mike Byrne replaces Chamberlin on drums while Jeff Schroeder takes over for group co-founder James Iha on guitar and Nicole Fiorentino, formerly of Veruca Salt, handles the duties on bass.
In December Corgan began releasing the band’s latest album "Teargarden by Kaleidyscope". The 44-track album is being released for free, one song at a time, on the internet. The full album will them be released as a box set.
Los Angeles based Cherri Bomb, described as "uniquely explosive all girl teen rock band" and Oklahoma City’s The Pretty Black Chains will open the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.