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Smashing Pumpkins coming to the Ritz Ybor

For about seven years -- 1993 (Siamese Dream) to 2000 (Machina/The Machines of God) -- we loved everything about Smashing Pumpkins. Billy Corgan and company were strange and uncompromising, and more than a little full of themselves, but good god, did they put out some amazing alternative rock, from Today to 1979 to Stand Inside Your Love.

Then Billy Corgan -- former St. Petersburg resident Billy Corgan! -- lost his mind.

Fire your bandmates! Launch unwieldy side projects! Anything goes if you're Billy Corgan! Good times. Frankly, we were thinking it might take a miracle to get us to care about the Pumpkins again. (And we don't think we're alone -- this site hasn't been updated since January 2007.)

Lo and behold, could such a miracle be in the works?

The "reunited" Smashing Pumpkins (basically Corgan and a bunch of extras from other bands) are embarking on a short tour of small venues this summer, and one of those venues is reportedly the Ritz Ybor. The Tampa show is scheduled for July 21, according to the Pumpkins' website and Facebook.

Look, Billy -- if you come to a cool club like the Ritz, and submit to playing some of your old hits (instead of just tracks from this latest Splice-like, 44-song mp3 monstrosity you're calling an album), we will be on board 110 percent, and all will be forgiven. If this just turns into another insanely overwrought spectacle that has nothing to do with the old Smashing Pumpkins we used to know and love, we will be still full of rage, just like a rat in a ... something something.

More details to come on this show as we get them. In the meantime, amuse yourself with this free bootleg of a 1996 Smashing Pumpkins concert at the Ice Palace. Ah, the good old days ...

*** UPDATE *** Tickets are (*gulp*) $42.50 to $50, according to Ticketmaster. Given those prices, Billy, everything we just said now goes double.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:19pm]


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