I had the pleasure of witnessing three hours of one of my all time favorite bands in 2018 – The Smashing Pumpkins.
When it was announced that the band would be returning to Las Vegas for two nights at The Chelsea inside of the Cosmopolitan, I jumped at the chance to grab my tickets for the show. I was lucky enough to be able to score for the night of July 30th. To see them in such an intimate venue as opposed to the first time, when I saw them at the T-Mobile Arena, is, in my opinion, a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The one thing about The Smashing Pumpkins that I cannot stress enough, especially as a life long fan, is how incredible they are live. You can close your eyes and it doesn’t matter if it’s something from Gish or Shiny and Oh So Bright, it’s as if you have the record on the stereo. Billy Corgan’s voice still holds up as well as it did in 1988.
The current line up of the band consists of Billy Corgan on lead vocal, James Iha on guitar, Jimmy Chamberlin on drums, Jeff Schroeder on guitar and keyboard, and touring musicians Katie Cole on keyboard and Jack Bates on bass.
I am curious how, in such a smaller place compared to the giant arena stage, they will bring their visual display. I guess we will have to wait and see. They could play with the lights out, and I wouldn’t care. Although, I do hope this time they play “Perfect” as that is all that was missing from the last tour.
Tickets for their The World is A Vampire Tour are on sale now. Make sure to head over to their website for a chance to grab yours.
PHOTO CREDIT: Tour information courtesy of The Smashing Pumpkins.