The band that played the biggest concert in Twin Cities history, Smashing Pumpkins, is planning a big comeback tour this summer with three of the original members, including an Aug. 19 date at Xcel Energy Center.
Frontman Billy Corgan -- who has helmed different incarnations of the band for more than a decade and half with continually dwindling success – is finally getting back together with guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin for the so-called Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour, timed to the 30th anniversary of the Chicago band’s formation.
Original bassist D’Arcy Wretzky has been trading barbed comments about the tour with Corgan in recent days, claiming she wasn’t invited (which Corgan has denied).
Tickets to the St. Paul show go on sale next Friday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. for $27-$127 via Ticketmaster or the arena box office. Opening acts for the tour have not been announced. Omaha and Sioux Falls also landed tour dates on Aug. 20 and 21, respectively.
Around the time of their commercial peak in 1998 – after the double-album “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” sold more than 10 million albums with such songs as “Zero” and "1979" – the Pumpkins performed to an estimated 100,000 people for the free Aquatennial Block Party in downtown Minneapolis, still the cities’ highest concert attendance on record.