Why See Smashing Pumpkins?
Of all the major alternative rock bands of the early '90s, the Smashing Pumpkins were the group least influenced by traditional underground rock. Lead guitarist/songwriter Billy Corgan fashioned an amalgam of progressive rock, heavy metal, goth rock, psychedelia, and dream pop, creating a layered, powerful sound driven by swirling, distorted guitars. Corgan was wise enough to exploit his angst-ridden lyrics, yet he never shied away from rock star posturing, even if he did cloak it in allegedly ironic gestures. In fact, the Smashing Pumpkins became the model for alternative rock success -- Nirvana was too destructive and Pearl Jam shunned success.
The Pumpkins line-up has famously undergone almost constant upheaval, and Corgan is now the only member who remains from the days of the band's 1991 debut Gish. Recent years have proved to be a particularly fruitful period for the songwriter though, with the group releasing two albums in quick succession, 2014's Monument to An Elegy and 2015's Day for Night. Catch them playing new material and a wealth of classic tracks when they hit hit Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY Closed October 31, 2012.
Performance date: 31 October 2012
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