Smashing Pumpkins fans with top level tickets to the band’s first Shiny and Oh So Bright tour show in Glendale, Arizona on Thursday were given upgrades to lower levels, as the top level was tarped off as the show failed to sell out. Outside of the tarped off top level, attendance looked strong on lower levels.
Uproxx‘s review stated, “A decade ago, and this would have been the kind of excursion that would debut at Coachella, but the festival landscape has shifted so much that the Smashing Pumpkins have become a kind of legacy act that is not at home performing on the same stages as SZA and Diplo. So instead, fans get the Pumpkins in arenas, swelled to six members, and featuring the biggest stage production of their career.
Fans get to see Corgan endure more costume changes than a Taylor Swift concert, and get to experience covers from the iconic (Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Landslide’) to the unexpected (David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’) or the indulgent (a version of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’ that was paired with a bunch of dudes dressed as monks wheeling a Corgan relic around the arena). If the band was trying to prove that doing the reunion at this scale was the only way to properly pay homage to their history, then they spared no expense and took the time to do just that.
So it is with a little irony that the most successful moments of the set were the parts that found the band playing old songs faithfully without much need for over-the-top theatrics.”
The Shiny and Oh So Bright tour features original Smashing Pumpkins members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin.