Exploring the Songs on The Smashing Pumpkins' 2019 Summer Tour

Today is the greatest day I've ever known... because I get to write about The Smashing Pumpkins' 2019 Summer Tour!
The band kicked off its co-headlining summer trek with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds August 8 in Camden, New Jersey. They have just a few shows left before wrapping things up August 31 in Mountain View, California.
The month-long trek features a SMASHING 17-song set, which includes hits like "Bullet With Butterfly Wings," "1979" and "Cherub Rock" as well as newer songs off last year's Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.
Last year's Shiny and Oh So Bright reunion tour saw the band's (almost) original lineup return to the stage, and featured frontman Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist Jeff Schroeder. They're sticking with the same cast of characters on this run, plus a few additional touring members.
Although they're playing HALF the setlist they played on their Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour, The Smashing Pumpkins are making up for it on their summer jaunt with a healthy dose of deep cuts and new songs alike.
See for yourself! Here's one of their recent setlists:
The Smashing Pumpkins setlist
Cue up our Smashing Pumpkins 2019 Summer Tour Spotify Playlist to hear the band's full tour setlist, and keep reading for a closer look at some of the songs they play!
"Knights of Malta"
"Knights of Malta" is the opening track to Shiny and Oh So Bright, and was the third single released in anticipation of the album, following other singles "Solara" and "Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)." It features various instruments such as drums, bass, guitar, strings, piano and choral vocals.
The band has played "Knights of Malta" 39 times live already, debuting it for the first time November 28, 2018.
Smashing Pumpkins, "Knights of Malta"
(We actually wrote about this song when it first came out... read that here).
"Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
This track was the lead single from the band's 1995 double-album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, and has become one of their most popular. It was The Smashing Pumpkins' first Top 40 U.S. hit and earned them a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.
The band started writing it as early as 1993. "The original riff came to me during one of the Siamese Dream sessions," Corgan said.
"I have a 1993 tape of us endlessly playing the 'world is a vampire' part. But I didn't finish the song for a year and a half, writing the 'rat in the cage' part on an acoustic guitar at the BBC studios in London on the same day that "Landslide" was recorded."
"Fire and Rain"
The band just recently started performing this song at their live shows, but it's quickly become a staple and fan-favorite.
It's a cover of the James Taylor song off of 1970's Sweet Baby James. Much like their cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide," they give this song their own personal touch, adding an extended instrumental intro/jam sesh and an epic guitar solo at the end.
Watch the band's first performance of "Fire and Rain" in Camden!
Smashing Pumpkins, "Fire and Rain"
"Ava Adore"
"Ava Adore" was the first single off the band's fourth studio album, 1998's Adore. It marked a stylistic change for the band, and its Halloween-inspired music video was filmed in one take– winning an award for "most stylish video" at the 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards!
The video was directed by Dom and Nic, who have also worked with big names Trent Reznor, David Bowie and The Chemical Brothers.
The Smashing Pumpkins have played "Ava Adore" live 467 times (their eighth most-played song overall).
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The Smashing Pumpkins have just three shows left on their summer run! Check out those dates below and head to the band's website to cop your tickets.
The Smashing Pumpkins 2019 Summer Tour North American dates:
08/28 – San Diego, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre *
08/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Banc of California Stadium *
08/31 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre *
* = w/ AFI

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Last updated: 23 Sep 2019, 15:20 Etc/UTC