Smashing Pumpkins plan residencies

By | May 15, 2007 at 5:38 AM

The Smashing Pumpkins announced Monday they will give nine concerts in Asheville and eight in San Francisco this summer in the band’s first residencies in more than a decade.

The band will perform at the Orange Peel in Asheville on dates from June 23 to July 5, and at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco on dates from July 22 to August 1.

According to information posted on the band’s Web site, fans attending any of the shows are allowed to capture them with audio and video recorders.

“They were looking for one West Coast venue and one East Coast venue,” Liz Whalen of the Orange Peel told the Asheville Citizen-Times. She said the shows are the biggest event in the club’s history and an entertainment milestone for the city in far western North Carolina.

The Smashing Pumpkins last played a residency in 1994 in Chicago before the release of “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.”

Leaders in the early 1990s alternative rock revolution, the Smashing Pumpkins broke up in 2000 after winning two Grammys and selling millions of albums. Band leader Billy Corgan announced about two years ago that he wanted the band to reunite.

The band will perform live for the first time since December 2000 next week in Paris.

A new album, “ZEITGEIST,” is scheduled to be released in July.