Smashing Pumpkin’s at Rogers Arena

One of the most critically acclaimed rock bands of the 90’s is marking their stamp tonight as The Smashing Pumpkins are set to pay Rogers Arena a visit for their Spirit’s On Fire tour!

The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins is an alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois. It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride for them since forming in 1988 but despite the struggles they have found a way to establish themselves as a must listen and must watch rock band. Back in ’88 lead singer and guitarist, Billy Corgan, worked at a music shop with guitarist James Iha and they continued to gel and become great friends that led them to writing songs together. With everything seeming to work out well they set up a live show in July 1988 and performed with the aid of a drum machine. Shortly after, Corgan met D’arcy Wretzky at a show and after finding out how much she connected with Corgan and fit the needs of the band she joined as a bass guitarist. With performances helped with the a drum machine it was known that it wasn’t sustainable and they needed to get a live drummer to enhance the purity of live performances. Now come in Jimmy Chamberlin. A jazz drummer that was recommended to them through a mutual friend and it was a move that the band wouldn’t look back on. Chamberlin didn’t know much of what the band was performing in terms of alternative rock so its not off by saying that he changed the sound of the band. Corgan stated that “We were completely into the sad-rock, Cure kind of thing. It took about two or three practices before I realized that the power in his playing was something that enabled us to rock harder than we could ever have imagined.”

The Smashing Pumpkins went through hardships after splitting up in 2000 due to consequences of the rockstar lifestyle such as drugs, internal conflicts and decrease in sales. But the band has still had a tremendous amount of success selling 30 million albums worldwide and taking home 6 awards from 96-97 including MTV Awards for “Best Video of the Year”, Grammy Awards for “Best Hard Rock Performance”, and American Music Award for “Best Alternative Artist.”

Don’t miss out on this performance because by the sounds of it, they’re looking to rock your socks off.



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