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The Smashing Pumpkins announce London date

Smashing Pumpkins

Story by Jack Foley

THE Smashing Pumpkins have announced a one-off date at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on June 19.

The gig will enable The Smashing Pumpkins to unveil songs from their upcoming album Zeitgeist for the first time to UK fans.

Purchases are limited to two tickets per person to aim to ensure that all tickets are bought by true fans and they will go on sale on Friday, June 1 at 9.30am.

Other European headline dates in Paris, Brussels and Luxembourg sold out within minutes of going on sale.

The Smashing Pumpkins will release Zeitgeist, their sixth album and first of new material since 2000’s Machina/The Machines of God and the free, digital-only release Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music, on July 9 on Martha’s Music / Reprise.

Zeitgeist was produced by Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin with Roy Thomas Baker and Terry Date working separately on various tracks.

The 12-track album is the culmination of two years work and will be preceded by the single Tarantula on July 2.

The Smashing Pumpkins – completed by Jeff Schroeder (guitar), Ginger Reyes (bass) and Lisa Harriton (keyboards) – are currently embarking on an international festival tour throughout the summer.

They will headline the Leeds and Reading festivals on August 24 and 26 respectively.

The Smashing Pumpkins have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in music history. Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential (and platinum) debut in 1991, which was followed by more platinum and multi-platinum albums including Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and Siamese Dream.

The pivotal group’s many hits include Disarm, Today, Cherub Rock, 1979, Tonight, Tonight and Bullet With Butterfly Wings – songs that defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate, influencing a whole new generation.