Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath is a part of The Smashing Pumpkins’ Shiny and Oh So Bright tour, having filmed videos that play throughout the band’s Broadway like show. One video sees McGrath introduce James Iha before “Blew Away”, while in another, he introduces “!979”. Watch both videos below.
AZCentral‘s review stated, “A date with Smashing Pumpkins is still, in many ways, the Billy Corgan show with all the crazy costumes and the quirky cult of personality that is his stock in trade, all while rocking a look that ranged from Nosferatu chic to evil bishop in a Gothic horror film.
But Thursday’s most transcendent moments, once you got beyond the Corgan-tastic splendor of ‘Disarm,’ were the result of six musicians sculpting something more majestic than their individual parts.
For all the showmanship and spectacle, what made this concert more than an emotional nostalgia fix for children of the ’90s was the sound of them chasing those transcendent moments as a group. And they got there more often than not.”
The review also stated, “It served him well again last night in Glendale when they launched the much-anticipated Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour, reuniting three of the four founding members, with a triumphant performance at Gila River Arena.
Drummer Jimmy Chamberlain has been in nearly every version of the band but guitarist James Iha’s return from an 18-year hiatus has given this year’s tour some serious reunion buzz – this despite the conspicuous absence of founding bassist D’arcy Wretzky.”