Un­smashed Pump­kins

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

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.

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