Last year, Smashing Pumpkins did a stripped-down and well-received acoustic tour titled In Plainsong. The 2015 iteration of the band included founder Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlain. This year’s includes the two original Pumpkins as well as guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who replaced James Iha in the band in 2007.
The acoustic-electro tour kicks off in Portland, Oregon on March 22 and hits 19 cities, including a stop at New York’s Beacon Theatre, over the course of a month. The tour finishes in Houston on April 20.
According to the release from the band, immediately following this acoustic tour, it will head to the studio to record a new album inspired by the acoustic tour. While Smashing Pumpkins earned their bones with a heavy loud-quiet-loud style, the acoustic tour exposes a dynamic the band has touched on throughout its career.
Liz Phair, author of the groundbreaking alt-pop album Exile in Guyville — an album named in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, opens the tour for Corgan and company.
Phair has been largely quiet since the release of her last album, Funstyle, in 2010 and hasn’t toured in six years.
The tour brings together two of the biggest names in ’90s alt-rock. Smashing Pumpkins broke through to the mainstream with their second album, Siamese Dream in 1993, while Phair did the same with her debut the same year. At the time, Corgan stated in an interview on MTV’s 120 Minutes, “We’ve graduated now from [being called] ‘the next Jane’s Addiction’ to ‘the next Nirvana’; now we’re ‘the next Pearl Jam.'” The band went on to earn its laurels on its own with the release of 1995’s epic, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
Dates for Smashing Pumpkins/Liz Phair tour:
March 22: Portland, Ore. – Schnitzer Hall
March 23: Seattle, Wash. – The Paramount
March 25: San Francisco, Cali. – The Masonic
March 26-27: Los Angeles, Cali. – The Theatre at Ace Hotel
March 29: Salt Lake City, Utah – Kingsbury Hall
March 30: Denver, Colo. – Ellie Caulkins Opera House
April 1: Detroit, Mich. – The Fillmore
April 2: Columbus, Ohio – Palace Theatre
April 4: New York, N.Y. – Beacon Theatre
April 8: Philadelphia, Penn. – Tower Theatre
April 9: Boston, Mass. – Orpheum Theatre
April 10: Washington, D. C. – Lincoln Theatre
April 12: Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall
April 14: Chicago, Ill. – Civic Opera House
April 15: Louisville, Ken. – Palace Theatre
April 16: Nashville, Tenn. – Ryman Auditorium
April 18: Dallas, Tex. – Majestic Theatre
April 19: Austin, Tex. – Bass Concert Hall
April 20: Houston, Tex. – Cullen Performance Hall