Smashing Pumpkins and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Less than a year after their last San Diego appearance, Billy Corgan is still squeezing every last pumpkin seed from the Smashing Pumpkins reunion with an upcoming date at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre on August 28. It’s pretty much a continuation of their first tour in over 20 years with Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin, whose tenth studio record, Shiny and Oh So Bright Volume 1, was released last November. Produced by hitmaker Rick Rubin and clocking in at just over a half hour, it earned mostly lukewarm reviews, with Rolling Stone surprisingly providing the most pithy and accurate appraisal: “Save the few fire-breathing dragon moments of Lollapalooza-era chum, it’s the Smashing Pumpkins in name only, and that ice cream truck has long left the gas station.”
Co-headliners Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds haven’t played San Diego since a 2015 set at Humphrey’s, nor have they released a new album since late 2017’s Who Built the Moon. However, according to the press release, the former Oasis mainman is reportedly working on new music that will likely be heard on this tour, which also features support from punk rock heroes AFI.