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News: The Smashing Pumpkins Announce Special Shows In Support Of New Album

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In support of their eighth studio album Monuments to an Elegy, released December 8th, The Smashing Pumpkins will play a series of special shows in select cities around the globe. The tour will begin in Berlin at Kesselhaus on November 30th, and makes stops at KOKO in London on December 5th, Le Trabendo in Paris on December 6th and New York’s Webster Hall on December 8th. Tickets for the announced shows go on sale at 9am on Wednesday 19th November. The band wishes to inform fans to look for additional U.S. dates to be added very soon in Chicago, San Francisco, and other select markets.

The special lineup for these performances will include Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) on drums and Mark Stoermer (The Killers) on bass joining The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan and Jeff Schroeder. “We’re absolutely thrilled and humbled to have Brad and Mark helping us out with these shows,” said Corgan “and if our rehearsals are any indication they should be one-of-a-kind”.

The Smashing Pumpkins were recently announced as headliners for South American Lollapalooza Festival dates which include March 14/15 in Santiago, Chile, March 21/22 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and March 28/29 in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Anticipation and praise already surround the December 8th release of Monuments to an Elegy (Martha’s Music/BMG), with The Huffington Post calling it “the band’s super-album” and NME describing the album as “nine lean, melodic sh*t-kickers about love and loss (and Roman emperors), it boasts contagious hooks and carves new synthpop patterns into the Pumpkins’ flesh”.

Yesterday, Vice.com premiered the new track, ‘Tiberius’ which they called “intimate” and “expansive” while Noisey.com declared the track “sounds like a return to form—a nod to the beloved Pumpkins sound of old with a modern twist”. Monuments To An Elegy features Tommy Lee on drums and was recorded in Chicago. The album is produced by Howard Willing, along with Corgan and Schroeder. Monuments to an Elegy is “an album within an album,” part of their ongoing work-in-progress Teargarden By Kaleidyscope (with Day For Night as the project’s last work).

The Smashing Pumpkins play the following dates:

Tickets are available from at 9.00am on November 19th. 

November 30th – Berlin, Germany | Kesselhaus
December 5th – London, UK | KOKO
December 6th – Paris, France | Le Trabendo
December 8th – New York, NY | Webster Hall

Pre-Order Monuments to an Elegy now: iTunes | Amazon CD | Amazon LP | Pledge