Back in the early 90's the musical landscape was turned on it's ear as bands across the nation turned it up to eleven and grunge took over the world. But while Seattle was holding down the dark sludgy end of things, Billy Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins were off in Chicago exploring the slightly brighter side of things. With a sound that owed as much to My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive as it did to Queen and ELO, Corgan along with drummer Jimmy Chamberlain, guitarist James Iha and bassist D'Arcy Wretzky made arena rock for a new age. And as big an album as their 1991 debut Gish was, the band only got bigger and bigger with 1993's Siamese Dream - one of the biggest albums of the 90's - and 1995's double LP Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, until the Pumpkins proper imploded after releasing 1998's criminally underrated Adore.
Now in 2012, Billy Corgan has put the Pumpkins back together to tour behind their new album Oceania and this Sunday they'll be making a stop at GMU's Patriot Center. And while the lineup might not be the same - in addition to Corgan, the band now features Jeff Schroeder on guitar, Nicole Fiorentino on bass and twenty two year old Mike Byrne on drums - the sound is PURE PUMPKINS.
But don't just take our word for it. We've got two tickets to give away to the show so you can find out for yourself. There are two ways for you to enter:
- Leave a comment below with a valid email address telling us how many guitars on a song is too many?, OR
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"RT to Enter to win 2 tix to see @SmashingPumpkin at the Patiot Center THIS SUNDAY!! @chunkyglasses #SPPatCtr @930Club #FREERAWKRULES"
We'll pick the winner at random THIS THURSDAY, so make with the entering! GOOD LUCK!!!
Not feeling lucky? Tickets are still available right HERE!