Smashing Pumpkins mainman Billy Corgan was in fine spirits when we spoke to him back in December. The Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1/LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. album (with that oh so lengthy name) had just been released and was getting decent reviews across the board, and he conveyed his general feeling that alt-rock was finding its feet again. “You see a lot of younger fans being really attracted to alternative rock again, because the vapid promise of pop ultimately runs out,” he says. If he’s right, then those same kids should be at this show; not only are the Pumpkins in fine form right now, but Oasis man Noel Gallagher’s band is now three albums in and not looking back. You can’t lose.
The Smashing Pumpkins play with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and AFI at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 29 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre.