Roadies are the unsung heroes of rock shows—moving equipment, checking microphones, and vaccinating bands against each city’s local poxes. Prepare to rock with this Groupon.
- $17 for one G-Pass to see The Smashing Pumpkins (up to a $34 value)
- When: Wednesday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre
- Section: General admission to the lawn
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the venue.<p>
How G-Pass Works:</b> Your G-Pass will be ready to print 48 hours after the deal ends. Print the G-Pass and use it to enter the venue directly; you won’t need to redeem at will call. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes cannot be redeemed through the Groupon mobile app.
The Smashing Pumpkins
By the year 2000, The Smashing Pumpkins had achieved what most bands only dream of. They’d topped the alternative and mainstream charts, sold almost 30 million albums, won multiple Grammy awards, dominated MTV’s Video Music Awards, and were immortalized in cartoon form on The Simpsons. In the grunge-driven world of ‘90s alternative rock, their sound was the antithesis of lo-fi slackerdom. While they were as prog-inflected as Yes, metallic as Black Sabbath, hard as Led Zeppelin, and darkly dreamy as The Cure or My Bloody Valentine, there was nothing else quite like them on the radio. Alongside blasts of guitar power, they created seas of atmosphere through which Billy Corgan’s voice cut as cleanly and viciously as a shark, propelling a string of singles such as “Zero.” They rousingly revived the double-album format with the nine-time platinum Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, followed by the four-time platinum Siamese Dream and platinum-certified 1998 album Adore—all of which will see fully-remastered reissues in 2013.
A new lineup that features drummer Mike Byrne, bassist/vocalist Nicole Fiorentino (also of Veruca Salt), and guitarist Jeff Schroeder (who’s been on board since the band’s 2007 revival show) appears on stage and on seventh studio album Oceania. Described as an “album within an album” and part of a 44-song work in progress, Oceania harkens back to Corgan’s guitar-drenched beginnings—AllMusic.com describes it as “an exuberant, gloriously melodic, fluid return to form” whose songs “balance … his more arch, cerebral inclinations with his generously romantic and sweepingly cinematic gift for revelatory guitar rock.” Immersing audiences in Oceania’s world for this tour, the band is shrouded by video-mapping magic from visual-art wizard Sean Evans, best known for his striking restaging of The Wall for Roger Waters’ tour and his enhancement of most of the world’s sunsets. Afterward, the band blasts off into greatest hits and deep cuts from their treasure chest, which may include ballistic missiles such as “Cherub Rock” and “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” or astral lullabies such as “Tonight, Tonight” and “1979.”
The Smashing Pumpkins – “Cherub Rock” Live in 2012<p> <iframe width="450" height="243" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cINYMTru5Zo?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowFullScreen="allowFullScreen"></iframe>
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