Thursday, August 23rd 2012
Tour Dates: The Smashing Pumpkins
On the heels of the release of the impressive Oceania, Smashing Pumpkins will embark on a U.S. tour launching October 10 in Seattle, WA.
The band is expected to play their album in full, and for the second half of the show they’ll play classics and deep cuts from their body of work. The Pumpkins will be backed by visuals prepared by Sean Evans, whose most recent project was assisting Roger Waters on the newest staging of “The Wall.” The Pumpkins will be using new technology in video-mapping to create something new and previously unseen.
Because there’s no party like a free-market capitalist party (as evidenced by the fucking disgusting VIP sections barricading fans 50 feet from the stage at most festivals these days) Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets for these shows starting August 27th 2012 through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. General sales information will be announced in each tour market – but don’t expect your tickets to be very good.
A limited amount of VIP Packages will be made available giving fans access to “amazing, exclusive opportunities”. In addition to a premium ticket or GA ticket with elevated viewing access, some packages include a 3-song Backstage Performance with the band (and it’s capitalized so you know it’s amazing, right?) including a Q&A, an autographed limited edition tour poster, an on-site VIP Concierge (you guys! A Concierge! Capitalized!), a copy of the band’s new album, and exclusive merchandise. Visit http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/ or http://www.citiprivatepass.com/ for more information on these VIP Packages.
The Pumpkins’ confirmed U.S. tour markets are below. Why the hell people are sending out press releases when tour dates aren’t ready to publish is beyond me, but here we go. More to follow soon:
San Francisco, CA
San Diego, CA
Los Angeles, CA
St Louis, MO
Album sales are shit, and bands are clearly scrambling to come up with clever new ways by which to make money. But to segregate a band’s fans by class and access is to rape the heart of the live music experience itself. There has to be a better way – particularly when big-box alignment with rapaciously anti-consumer banks comes into play.