It was announced this week that Jack Bates, son of bass legend Peter Hook, and current bass player for Peter Hook and the Light, will be joining the Smashing Pumpkins for their 2018 Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour. It's their first tour in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James Iha.
Bates, who plays Yamaha basses, had previously played with the Pumpkins starting in 2015 for a co-headlining tour with Marilyn Manson. No long term plans have been announced, but Bates does seem to be the current replacement of previous bassist Nicole Fiorentino.
Produced by Live Nation, the 36-city tour will kick off in Glendale, AZ on July 12, 2018 and visit North American arenas throughout the summer. Tickets for the Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour will go on sale to the general public starting next Friday, February 23 at 10:00am local time and be available at www.smashingpumpkins.com, LiveNation.com, and via the Live Nation App.
"Some 30 years ago, as The Smashing Pumpkins, James Iha and I began a musical journey in the cramped rear bedroom of my Father's house. And so it's magic to me that we're able to coalesce once more around the incredible Jimmy Chamberlin, to celebrate those songs we've made together," shared Corgan.
The monumental Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the band's formation, will highlight music from the group's inception through 2000, and will exclusively feature material from their groundbreaking debut Gish through Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Adore, and Machina. Longtime Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder will also take part, as the band moves to a three guitar lineup to better emulate the signature tones and textures of their albums.
"This show and staging will be unlike any we've ever done, and will feature a set unlike any we've ever played. For if this is a chance at a new beginning, we plan on ushering it in with a real bang," added Corgan.
Formed in Chicago, IL in 1988, The Smashing Pumpkins released their heralded debut album Gish in 1991 and found mainstream success with 1993's 4x multi-platinum Siamese Dream and 1995's 10x multi-platinum Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. With nine studio albums and over 30 million albums sold to date, the GRAMMY®, MTV VMA, and American Music Award winning band remains an influential force in alternative rock.
The Smashing Pumpkins Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour
July 12 - Glendale, AZ - Gila River Arena
July 14 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena
July 16 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
July 17 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
July 18 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
July 20 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
July 21 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
July 22 - Atlanta, GA - Infinite Energy Arena
July 24 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena
July 25 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
July 27 - Baltimore, MD - Royal Farms Arena
July 28 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
July 29 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
July 31 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
Aug. 1 - New York City, NY - Madison Square Garden
Aug. 4 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena
Aug. 5 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
Aug. 7 - Montreal, - Centre Bell
Aug. 8 - Toronto, Ontario, CA - Air Canada Centre
Aug. 11 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
Aug. 13 - Chicago, IL - United Center
Aug. 16 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center - (Click here for tickets)
Aug. 17 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Aug. 19 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
Aug. 20 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center
Aug. 21 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford Premier Center
Aug. 24 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena
Aug. 25 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
Aug. 27 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
Aug. 28 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
Aug. 30 -Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
Sept. 1 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
Sept. 2 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena - (Click here for tickets)
Sept. 4 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Smart Home Arena
Sept. 5 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Sept. 7 - Boise, ID - Ford Idaho Center