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The Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan (lead vocals, guitar) and James Iha (guitar), the band included D'arcy Wretzky (bass guitar) and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums) in its original incarnation. It has undergone many line-up changes over the course of its existence, with the current lineup being Corgan and rhythm guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

Disavowing the punk rock roots of many of their alt-rock contemporaries, they have a diverse, densely layered, and guitar-heavy sound, containing elements of gothic rock, heavy metal, dream pop, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, shoegazing, and electronica in later recordings. Corgan is the group's primary songwriter—his grand musical ambitions and cathartic lyrics have shaped the band's albums and songs, which have been described as "anguished, bruised reports from Billy Corgan's nightmare-land".

The Smashing Pumpkins broke into the musical mainstream with their second album, 1993's Siamese Dream. The group built its audience with extensive touring and their 1995 follow-up, the double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. With 20 million albums sold in the United States alone, The Smashing Pumpkins were one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands of the 1990s. However, internal fighting, drug use, and diminishing record sales led to a 2000 break-up.

In 2006, Corgan and Chamberlin reconvened to record a new Smashing Pumpkins album, Zeitgeist. After touring throughout 2007 and 2008 with a lineup including new guitarist Jeff Schroeder, Chamberlin left the band in early 2009. Later that year, Corgan began a new recording series with a rotating lineup of musicians entitled Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, which encompassed the release of stand-alone singles, compilation EP releases, and two full albums that also fell under the project's scope—Oceania in 2012 and Monuments to an Elegy in 2014. As of 2016, Corgan and Schroeder remained the band's only official core members, though Corgan began working with prior members gradually as well, including Chamberlin as a touring drummer since 2015 and Iha in some guest appearances in concerts in 2016. By mid-2016, Corgan stated that they were considering reforming the band's original lineup, though no concrete plans have been revealed.

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Discography

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 1995-10-23: Billy the Kid: Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL, US The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1995 1995-10-23: Blackout: Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1995 1995-10-23: Shoot Out the Lights: Riviera Theater, Chicago, IL, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1995 1995-10-23: The World Is a Vampire: Chicago, IL, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1995 Exit Under Burning Skies The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1995 Pluggelectric The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1995 Starlight The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1996 1996-02-10: Moore Theater, Seattle, WA, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1996 1996-04-07: Philipshalle, Düsseldorf, Germany The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1996 1996-01-30: Acoustic Melon Songs: SOMA (Metro Street location), San Diego, CA, US The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1996 1996-05-11: The Point, Dublin, Ireland The Smashing Pumpkins 2
1996 1995-12-12: Twilight, Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1996 1996-04-07: (We Salute You) Naked Man: Philipshalle, Düsseldorf, DE The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1996 1996-04-07: Secrets of Your Dreams: Düsseldorf Easter Festival, Germany The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1996 1996-04-07: Squashed Zucchini: Philipshalle, Düsseldorf, Germany The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1996 1996-05-15: Brixton Academy, London, UK The Smashing Pumpkins 3
1996 1996-06-15: Freedom! Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, US The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1996 Live Divine The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1996 Mellon Collie at the Max The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1996 Redrum The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1996 Secret Destroyers The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1996 Turpentine Kisses The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1996 Vast Oceans The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1997 1997-06-27: Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, UK The Smashing Pumpkins 4 1
1997 1997-01-08: 1997: The GM Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1997 1997-01-08: GM Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada The Smashing Pumpkins 2
1997 Children of Gotham The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1998 1998-05-14: Spielbudenplatz, Hamburg, Germany The Smashing Pumpkins 2
1998 1998-06-09: Lycabettus Theater, Athens, Greece The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1998 1998-06-19: Secret Gig: International Shipping Harbor at Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia The Smashing Pumpkins 2
1998 1998-07-31: Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1998 1998-08-04: Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 3
1998 1998-12-12: KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas: Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 2
1998 1997-06-28: Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark The Smashing Pumpkins 2
1998 1998-01-15: Viper Room, Los Angeles, CA, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 2
1998 1998-05-16: Porto Antico, Genova, IT The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1998 1998-05-25: Tivoli: Skansen Park, Stockholm, Sweden The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1998 1998-05-28: Botanique Gardens, Brussels, BE The Smashing Pumpkins 2
1998 1998-07-19: Insincere and Insolent, Much Music Studios, Toronto, ON, Canada The Smashing Pumpkins 2
1998 Enter Adore The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1998 Shhhh! The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1998 Slaphead's Revenge Smashing Pumpkins 1
1998 Transmission The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1999 1988-08-10: Avalon, Chicago, IL, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2000 2000-08-11: Molson Park, Barrie, ON, Canada The Smashing Pumpkins 2
2000 Sacred & Profane Tour (Soundboard Sampler) The Smashing Pumpkins 2
2000 2000-11-29: United Center, Chicago, IL, USA (last arena show, radio broadcast) The Smashing Pumpkins 2
2000 Live at Cabaret Metro 10-5-88 The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2000 2000-05-01: Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 3
2000 2000-10-19: Palais Omnisport de Paris Bercy, Paris, France The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2002 2000-08-24: VH1 Storytellers: Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, NY, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 2
2004 1998-01-06: Perfect Tears: Pinkpop Festival, Landgraaf, Netherlands The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2005 1993-07-26: Live at Tower Records, Chicago, IL, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2007 2007-07-31: The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2007 2007-11-15: Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2008 If All Goes Wrong Smashing Pumpkins 2
2008 2008-11-18: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2008 10/31/08 Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2008 2008-11-08: Borgata Resort Spa and Casino, Atlantic City, NJ, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2008 2008-11-19: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2008 1993-06-29: Black Sessions: Studio 105, Maison de Radio France, Paris, France The Smashing Pumpkins 3
2008 2008-02-18: Brabanthallen, Den Bosch, The Netherlands The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2009 2008-12-07: Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 3
2012 2012-12-10: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2013 Oceania: Live In NYC The Smashing Pumpkins 3
2015 Rock the Riviera The Smashing Pumpkins 3
1993-09-03: Soul Sacrifice: Alabamahalle, Munich, Germany The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1993-10-26: Bing Crosby Hall, Del Mar, CA, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1993-10-26: Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1995-10-23: Live at the Riviera: Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1995-10-23: Sorrow and Pity: Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1996-04-03: Thank You for Participating: Ahoy Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1996-09-17: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1997-06-29: Open Air Program '97, St. Gallen, Switzerland The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1998-05-31: Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1998-07-29: DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2000-01-24: Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands The Smashing Pumpkins 3
2000-01-24: Vredenburg 2000: Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2000-02-06: Live at The Edge, Palo Alto, CA, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2000-02-19: Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC, US The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2000-03-07: Columbia City Theater, Seattle, WA, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2000-04-21: Hara Arena, Dayton, OH, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 2
2000-05-09: Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 2
2000-05-10: Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham, AL, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 3
2000-05-24: Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2000-10-17: Amphitéa, Angers, France The Smashing Pumpkins 3
2000-10-27: Valby-Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2000-11-01: National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, UK The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2000-12-02: Metro, Chicago, IL, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 2
2007-05-22: Le Grand Rex, Paris, France The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2007-05-28: Pinkpop: Megaland, Landgraff, Netherlands The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2008-02-03: Palamalaguti, Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna, Italy The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2008-08-07: Rehearsals: Adler Theater, Davenport, IA, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
Accoustic Series The Smashing Pumpkins 1
Another 17 Seconds The Smashing Pumpkins 1
Atomic Energy The Smashing Pumpkins 1
Beautiful as the Sun The Smashing Pumpkins 1
Beautiful People The Smashing Pumpkins 1
Benefit With Beautiful People The Smashing Pumpkins 1
Butterfly Wings The Smashing Pumpkins 1

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