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Smashing Pumpkins

Paul Elledge,

Rock spotlight: Smashing Pumpkins

  • Article by: CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER
  • Star Tribune
  • October 13, 2012 - 3:20 PM

Saturday: Two negatives might be balanced out by one surprising positive note surrounding this week's return of Billy Corgan's remade Pumpkins. On the downside, the Chicago alt-rock band that made "rat in a cage" a generational trademark will again be confined to the Twin Cities' rattiest concert hall. What's more, the group no longer features any other original members, although Corgan did find another cool-looking woman to replace heyday-era bassists D'Arcy and Melissa Auf der Maur. The good news is that the latest lineup actually put out a strong album. "Oceania" matches the ambitious concept of the group's soon-to-be-reissued 1995 double album "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness," but it also harks back to the more flowery songwriting of 1993's "Siamese Dream." The band is playing the new album in its entirety on tour, followed by an oldies set, with a visual backdrop designed by the guy behind Roger Waters' "The Wall" tour. Metallic Florida band Anberlin opens. (7:30 p.m. Sat., Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, $45, 1-800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com.)

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