We just got a new announcement from part-time Angeleno Billy Corgan and his current crop of Smashing Pumpkins:

The SMASHING PUMPKINS have announced a 12-show run of intimate venues beginning July 6 in Cleveland and wrapping July 21 in Tampa. This marks the iconic band's first tour since December 2008 and will feature, says leader and founder BILLY CORGAN, “a balance of classics, a few obscure ones, and new 'Teargarden' material.” Last week, the Pumpkins released the four-song TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE VOL.1: SONGS FOR A SAILOR EP (Martha's Music/Rocket Science Ventures). This is the first of an eventual 11 specially packaged EPs–taken from the in-progress 44-song work TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE–to be sold in record stores. Notably, all the music is being released online, for free, with no strings attached.

Coincidentally, at the same time, someone forwarded us an amazing blast from the past starring Mr. Corgan.

Here are a few reasons you should watch this video:

1) It has Billy Corgan

2) serenading Bozo the Clown on his farewell show

3) by singing Bob Dylan's “Forever Young”

4) behind the floating, disembodied, creepy heads of children.


LA Weekly