Pumpkins, Manson tour won’t be nostalgia trip
Ahead of their run of US summer shows they reveal the importance of striking a balance between old and new
Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson won’t be playing greatest hits sets when they embark on their The End Of Times tour across the US this summer, they've confirmed.
The run of 23 dates starts in July – but those looking for a nostalgia fix will likely be disappointed according to Smashing Pumpkins’ mainman Billy Corgan.
He said at a Q&A session to promote the tour: “These days, people come expecting a greatest hits concert whether you want to give it to them or not.
“So you can either play that concert and a lot of people leave happy, or you can decide not to play the concert and your fans that sit on the internet every day are happy. Then the other 97% of the people are angry and lobbing firebombs at you on Twitter because they didn’t get their teenage memory handed back to them."
He adds: "I think the key is to find a balance between the material you probably should play and then the new stuff that fits in well with that. If you do it right, it’s a great case as to why the new music is just as strong as the old music.”
Asked what he thought of the current music scene, Corgan explained: “I’m sort of anti-hipster. Hipsters get pretty mad when I say that. I don’t like anything that’s parochial, as in this group decides what’s cool and not cool.
“I’ve been consistent in hating hipster culture from the 80s because that culture pegged my band very early on as not being cool enough – whatever the fuck that means.”
Manson also quashed the idea of resurrecting his planned film Phantasmagoria: The Visions Of Lewis Carroll which was first touted in 2004.
He said: “I abandoned that idea. It was a story about someone with a split personality. But the story to me right now isn’t as important as maybe a different story.
“I identified too much with the character I was writing about because it was like me. I think putting my efforts into something different might be more productive.”
Manson released his ninth studio album The Pale Emperor earlier this year and will play next month’s Download festival. The Smashing Pumpkins launched Monuments To An Elegy last year – Corgan’s first record since the band's Oceania in 2012.
The End Times tour dates
Jul 7: Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion
Jul 9: Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul 10: Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Jul 11: Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
Jul 13: Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Jul 15: Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
Jul 16: Houston, TX - NRG Arena
Jul 18: San Antonio, TX - Freeman Coliseum
Jul 19: Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live
Jul 20: New Orleans, LA - Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
Jul 22: Miami, FL - Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
Jul 24: Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
Jul 25: Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Jul 26: Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater
Jul 28: Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Jul 29: Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Jul 31: Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Aug 1: Mashantucket, CT - Foxwoods Resort Casino
Aug 2: Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug 4: Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug 5: Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug 7: Chicago, IL - FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Aug 8: Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center