The Smashing Pumpkins have announced they will give nine concerts in Asheville and eight in San Francisco this summer in their first extended-stay performances in more than a decade.
The band will perform at the Orange Peel in Asheville on dates from June 23 to July 5, and at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco on dates from July 22 to Aug. 1, the group announced Monday. Fans attending any of the shows will be allowed to capture the concerts with audio and video recorders, according to the band’s Web site.
“They were looking for one West Coast venue and one East Coast venue,” Liz Whalen of the Orange Peel told the Asheville Citizen-Times. She said the shows are the biggest event in the club’s history and an entertainment milestone for the city in far western North Carolina.
The Smashing Pumpkins’ last extended-stay performance was a four-show stint in Chicago in 1994, before the release of “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.”
Leaders in the early 1990s alternative rock revolution, the Smashing Pumpkins broke up in 2000 after winning two Grammy Awards and selling millions of albums. Band leader Billy Corgan announced about two years ago that he wanted the band to reunite.
The re-formed group, which includes Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin with others to be announced, is preparing to release “Zeitgeist” in July. It will be the band’s first album since 2000.