SMASHING PUMPKINS RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin Sat ¤59.80 0818-719300 They may at one point have been regarded as Nirvana’s poor relation but the Smashing Pumpkins have rolled with the punches.
Essentially a vehicle for the mercurial, assertive talent that is Billy Corgan (above), Smashing Pumpkins started out in the late 1980s and in the early 1990s released albums Gish (1991) and the two records that have preserved the band forever in aspic: 1993’s Siamese Dream and 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
From then on there was a steady stream of internal conflicts, arrogant strops, break-ups, abortive solo projects and ambiguous pronouncements.
Happily the disarray didn’t persist, and, much to their fans’ relief, Corgan regrouped the Pumpkins and announced a world tour. And here they are. Recommended – of course.