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Pumpkins celebrate 20 years with live shows
Dean Samways , July 10th, 2008 11:44

Smashing Pumpkins

The folically (and members) challenged Smashing Pumpkins are to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a series of live dates in August.

The opening gig will take place in Hammond, Indiana at the Horseshoe Casino on August 9. This relatively small show will be will be followed by a handful of similarly modest sized dates.

An announcement on the Smashing Pumpkins website gives details of the anniversary tour proper which will take in the cities of Los Angeles, New York and their home town of Chicago. Information on the dates and venues will be given at a later.

In a statement on their website, lead singer Billy Corgan said: “The August tour is going to be a blast... Expect a very loud and raucous show from us...and we are very, very happy to know we will finally be playing our own shows come November in New York, L.A., and Chicago... The 20th Anniversary shows will be magical... We are already working on lots of surprises.”

The anniversary tour has put back the much anticipated Gish tour to early 2009 but fans will be happily consoled by the news that the band will be playing unique sets and songs.

A special box-set re-issue of the Pumpkins’ debut album Gish will also be released next year to accompany the tour.

Watch the ‘Siva’ video from Gish:

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