Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan plays solo at Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Nov. 16
From a press release:
It was announced today that Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan will be heading out on a solo tour this fall that stops at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.
On this run, Corgan be playing music from the Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan, William Patrick Corgan (WPC), and more. This is a reserved seated event.
A singer, songwriter, producer, and vocalist/guitarist of celebrated alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan released his second solo album, “Ogilala,” on Oct. 13, 2017 via BMG. Produced by the legendary Rick Rubin and recorded at Shangri La Studios in Malibu, the album presents Corgan’s distinctive vocals and melodies across a sparse but rich palette of acoustic guitar, piano, and strings.
“For as long as I can remember, the delineation point between songs I wrote for myself and songs I’d pen for whatever band was something I couldn’t explain. And it remains so, for they all feel quite personal to me, no matter their time or era. The lone difference on songs for ‘Ogilala’ is that they seemed to want little in the way of adornment,” Corgan said.
“Having written the songs for voice and guitar, I put myself in Rick’s hands to take the music wherever he’d like. Normally I would have done more and tinkered more on production, but rather Rick put the onus on me to deliver at a molecular level via live takes. The rest was simply a reaction.”
Formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1988, the Smashing Pumpkins released their heralded debut album “Gish” in 1991 and found mainstream success with 1993’s four-times-multi-platinum “Siamese Dream” and 1995’s 10-times-multi-platinum “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.”
Following the band’s 2000 dissolution, Corgan helmed the alternative rock band Zwan before releasing his debut solo album, “TheFutureEmbrace,” and reforming the Pumpkins in 2005. With over 30 million albums sold, the Grammy, MTV VMA, and American Music Award-winning band remains an influential force in alternative rock.
Following the release of “Adore,” “Machina/The Machines of God,” and “Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music,” the group’s original lineup disbanded in 2000 and Corgan helmed the alternative rock band Zwan before releasing his debut solo album, “TheFutureEmbrace.” He reformed the Smashing Pumpkins in 2005, enlisting various collaborators for Zeitgeist, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, Oceania, and Monuments to an Elegy.
In June of 2018, the Smashing Pumpkins released a new single, “Solara,” ahead of their monumental Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour. The track was the first song in over 18 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin, alongside longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder, and offered the first glimpse of music from the newly reformed lineup. By September, the band formally announced their 10th studio album Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1/LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.” and shared its second single, “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts).”
Recorded at Shangri La Studios with Rubin, the album was released on Nov. 16, 2018 via Martha’s Music under license to Napalm Records. With over 30 million albums sold, the Grammy, MTV VMA, and American Music Award-winning band remains one of the most influential bands in history.