The Smashing Pumpkins are an Alternative Rock band from Chicago, Illinois. Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlain formed the group in 1988. The band expanded their lineup to include new members D'arcy Wretzy, Mike Burne, Jeff Schroeder, Melissa Auf der Maur and Nicole Fiorentino. What separated The Smashing Pumpkins from their contemporaries was their abandonment of punk-rock roots, in order to embrace heavier elements of industrial noise, shoegaze, psych rock, heavy metal, alternative and indie. The Smashing Pumpkins are signed to record labels Caroline, Martha's Music, Constantinople, Hut, Rocket Science and Virgin.
Since 1991, the band released 9 full-length studio albums. Their most recent album offering was in 2012. That album was called Oceania, and the band set off on an extensive world tour to support the initial release. In fact, in the fall of 2012, The Smashing Pumpkins toured the world playing the whole album in its entirety. The band is currently working on their 10th studio album. Corgan has commented that they are planning to release the album later in 2013.
The Smashing Pumpkins were also known for their eclectic and dream-like music videos. They were also part of the MTV boom, along with other bands that produced popular and mesmerizing videos such as Soundgarden, Metallica and Nirvana. The Smashing Pumpkins have cited The Stooges, Jimi Hendrix, Cream and Blue Cheer as major influences on their sound. The Smashing Pumpkins are recognized as one of the most popular American Alternative bands from the 90s.
The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band. They formed in Chicago in the late eighties. Billy Corgan sings lead vocals for the band. He also wrote most of the band's songs. He formed the band after he left his other group, which was a Gothic band called Marked.
It is said that The Smashing Pumpkins produced some of the best music videos of the nineties. They made their videos as an expression of art, not just to sell more records. Their music video titled "Tonight, Tonight" won a total of seven VMA awards in 1996.
The Smashing Pumpkins have released a total of nine studio recorded albums. Their latest one is called Oceania which is scheduled to be released in 2011.
In the early 1990's, The Smashing Pumpkins achieved commercial success both in the United States and overseas as well. This success was partly because of alternative rock coming through to the forefront of the music industry. Especially popular at the time was grunge rock. Nirvana is the most famous grunge rock band of the era.
The Smashing Pumpkins broke up in the year 2000. They performed a final concert in Chicago, which was where they go their start initially. They remained inactive for a number of years before getting back together in 2005. Since they are currently together, they are touring as of now. On their website, their tour dates can be found. Their concerts may have limited seating, so it is best to buy tickets well in advance.