- I SMASH PUMPKINS!
Two years ago, Smashing Pumpkins launched a small-hall tour in Cleveland, and they’re doing it again, kicking off a 14-city jaunt this week at House of Blues. At the 2008 show, frontman Billy Corgan — who was in particularly good spirits, despite having endured two decades of band drama — finally seemed to be in control of his often caterwauling vocals. But it was apparent then, as it is now, that the group is pretty much a solo project at this point. Corgan is the only original member in the band these days. He can still play the heck out of a guitar, and his post-punk/goth/metal mixture of sounds still influences young artists. But with the exception of 1995’s adventurous Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, the band’s music really hasn’t held up. Smashing Pumpkins are touring behind the recent Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol. 1: Songs for a Sailor EP, the first of many to come based on an evolving online project. The Smashing Pumpkins, with Bad City, play House of Blues at 8 p.m. Tickets are $42.50 in advance and $45 the day of the show. Call 216-523-2583 or go to houseofblues.com.—Jeff Niesel
Review the show at clevescene.com/concertscene