The Smashing Pumpkins

On one hand, Billy Corgan is as lame as Courtney Love and Axl Rose for continuing to record and tour under his iconic old band’s name when he’s the only original member left, surrounded by a gang of hired guns. On the other hand, it’s a rough economy right now – ol’ baldy can still probably sell tickets to the handful of folks who don’t realize the Pumpkins 2010 isn’t nearly the band they remember and love. On yet another hand, it’s said that Corgan not only wrote all the Pumpkins songs but also played all the instruments on all the recordings, too, so what’s the difference? If you’re not turned off by Billy’s recent courting of Jessica Simpson or yet another pretentious album title (Teargarden by Kaleidyscope), or just wanna sing along to the old hits like it’s karaoke night, this gig’s for you. With Bad City. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Fri., Sept. 10, 8 p.m., 2010

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