Smashing Pumpkins First Reunion Show Attendance Revealed, Did It Sell Out?


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.

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  • Samsoni

    Bwahahahaa.. not a fucking surprise that this tour is starting off in a bad way. I’m sorry but it’s a little too late for a pumpkin reunion at a time when millennials don’t really give a shit about some novelty act from the 90’s, unless you’re The Foo Fighters or Pearl Jam. I was a big fan of the band when I was 12, now I’m older and even though I take music I listen to a lot more serious than I did then.. I feel like they’re no longer relevant into my world of growth in this ever changing world we live in. Oh well Billy, like Kendrick Lamar says.. be humble!

    • Anonymous501

      The main difference being that FF and PJ have been touring and releasing new music for the past 20+ years. They both treat their band members and fans with respect, which has helped them build a fanbase.

      I loved the pumpkins, but Corgan’s kind of trying to get a walk off home run, without doing the rest of the work. Only GNR gets to do that 🙂

      • Samsoni

        That’s one of few or maybe more than a few reason I gave up on the Pumpkins so long ago, it’s how he’s treats his fans and band members who try to work hard for him alongside through and through. It’s like the same reason I can’t stand Kanye West… In short, I agree with your statement which inspired me to point that out in which if you can’t be a stable leader, you’re going to have an unstable team that’s trying hard on a daily basis to try and support you and in turn your career will take a major nose dive as a result and suffer a long term “burn”.. (for a lack of a better word).

        • N.

          how he treats his fans? at least he didn’t kill himself like some of the other lead singers who “love” their fans

          • Samsoni

            Billy Corgan hates his fans dipshit. He probably wouldn’t give you the time or day unless idiots like you tell him what a god he is, and even so.. He STILL wouldn’t even shake your hand or remember your fucking name you doof. Oh but give it a while, I’m sure the dillweed will finally do himself in as expect it.. especially when he finally realizes nobody fucks with his washed up sound he calls music anymore. But don’t be mad Stan, maybe he does want you as a fan.. I mean somebody’s got help him put the cat food on the table, lmaoooo.

          • N.

            Ha. Easy there tough guy. I know it makes you feel like a big man replying to such comments, but it’s ok. When you finally lose your virginity, and move out of your mothers basement you’ll come To realize there is more than Internet comment boards. Until then go jerk off to Chester Bennington, and Chris Cornell

          • Samsoni

            God your comment seems so repetitive 🤣🤣🤣..”Easy tough guy… When you finally lose your virginity… When you move out you moms basement.. until go jerk off to (blank and blank).. 😆😆😆🤘🤘🤘… Try being original you son of a filthy cum bucket bitch, hahaha.. that’s like me calling you a snowflake after that word has been butchered to death by people so many time. Go listen to your precious mouth breather singing cry baby because I’m sure it helps you sleep better at night from your uncle molesting you on daily basis.. “today is the greatest day I ever known, can’t wait till my uncle comes knocking down my door”.. ass up nose down you little bitch boy. Hahaha

          • Samsoni

            Awe, what happened there bitch ass pussy did you report my comment faggot?? Did I outed you to the world how your uncle likes to rape you in the ass as you listen to “Today” hmmm??? You cunt face piece of shit!🤣🤣🤣

      • Corndog

        What’s a walk off home run?

  • John

    lol need to get rid of the third guitar player he’s ruining Today with that extra shit. Overall pretty cool though. Billy has sounded like he’s just going through the motions for a long time now but in these clips it actually seems like he’s starting to perk up a bit & sing like he halfway gives a fuck.

  • Stone Gossardish

    Very not close to selling out when they have to drop those drapes used for women’s college basketball and other events not selling well at all.

    I don’t think they can sell 10k seats in almost all cities. Not a big surprise.

  • Kay B

    I saw a sold out Incubus show last night and it was awesome.

  • Olga Stewart

    Somehow I’m not surprised by this.

  • William Hendricks

    Attendance looking strong on lower levels but having to tarp off the upper bowl means that they sold less than half the tickets available. Tough to spin that in a positive way

  • Raj

    Could be very misleading not having anyone in the top levels and making everyone move down will give the illusion the arena is full. Let’s see what numbers come out. They should have done auditoriums and smaller venues.

  • Ben McMillan

    Doesnt matter if it sold out or not. I was in duluth and saw them july 22,2018. Ive seen tool and incubus in an arena show produced by live nation as well and they were both awesome. But the pumpkins show was by far the most enlightening and amazing show ive seen over all shows in my life. If you weren’t there i am truly sorry.