Virtually nothing can defeat the raw power of rock music, with the possible exception of paper music. Pump your fist with this GrouponLive deal to see The Smashing Pumpkins at the Comcast Arena at Everett. For $30, you get one ticket for reserved lower-level seating in sections 101–106 or 120 on Wednesday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $65 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
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.
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.” Fully 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's tour and his enhancement of most of the world’s sunsets. Afterward, the band blasts off into a second act of 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.”