The Smashing Pumpkins and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Announce August Tour
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The reunited Smashing Pumpkins perform at Los Angeles’ Troubadour in June 2018.
The Smashing Pumpkins and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds announced a 16-date North American tour on Monday.
Beginning Aug. 8 at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, N.J., the bands will play sheds across the continent, concluding with an Aug. 31 gig at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif.
Other highlights include Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y. (Aug. 9) and Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. (Aug. 17).
The itinerary also includes an Aug. 30 date at Los Angeles’ Banc of California Stadium with an unspecified onsale date. According to a press release, details about that “epic stop” will be “announced soon.”
AFI will provide support on the tour, which is produced by Live Nation.
Though Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has continually kept the band alive, 2018 represented a milestone: After nearly two decades of estrangement, Corgan, guitarist James Iha, and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin staged a reunion tour.
The 38-date trek sold 265,584 tickets and grossed $21.1 million, making Pollstar‘s Year End Top 100 Worldwide Tours chart. Box office highlights included a two-night August stints at Chicago’s United Center, where the band sold 19,621 tickets and grossed $1.56 million and at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., where the band sold 23,526 tickets and grossed $1.85 million. The Pumpkins also sold 11,596 tickets at New York’s Madison Square Garden for a gross of $1.21 million.
Bassist D’arcy Wretzky didn’t join the tour but, as the band noted at the time, that was “not for a lack of trying.”
The tour coincided with a new album, Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun., which represented the first Pumpkins record Iha had played on since 2000’s Machina II/The Friends and Enemies of Modern Music.
Though less of a box office force than Smashing Pumpkins, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have posted formidable numbers in recent years. In 2017, the band played to packed European and South American arenas while supporting headlining dates by U2.
In November 2017, the band — fronted and taking its name from Oasis’ Noel Gallagher — released their third album, Who Built The Moon? An early 2018 tour in support the record included dates at New York’s Radio City Music Hall (5,605 tickets sold; $355,338 gross), Chicago’s Chicago Theatre (3,082; $165,157) and Oakland’s Fox Theater (1,916; $112,730).
AFI, for their part, remain a solid draw. In 2018, the band served as support for Rise Against’s summer tour; the year prior, a successful theater tour included gigs at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre (2,132 tickets sold; $57,564 gross) and Oakland’s Fox Theater (2,828 tickets sold, $91,822).
After a series of presales, tickets for the tour become available to the general public on March 8 at 10 a.m. local time. Find the complete list of dates below.