The Smashing Pumpkins will release a concert package called Oceania Live In NYC on September 3rd. The set, filmed and recorded at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, captures a December 10th, 2012 performance that was rescheduled from Halloween (October 31st) due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The show featured a performance of the Pumpkins' latest studio album, Oceania, in its entirety, along with hits like "Disarm," "Tonight, Tonight," "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" and "Cherub Rock."
While some fans might grumble about the band playing its latest album live from front to back, frontman and sole original member Billy Corgan told us that the Pumpkins are not a nostalgia act: "To go back under the Smashing Pumpkins name engendered a lot of people expecting us to be nothing more than a reunion band, playing its greatest hits, and with a fan base not particularly keen to listen to the new music. What I try to tell people that get caught up in the reunion kind of concepts -- like where are the original members and stuff like this -- the band was founded on an idea that it must be progressive and it must always be moving forward."
- Oceania: Live In NYC will be available as a standard DVD, a 3D and 2D Blu-Ray, a digital copy and a deluxe version that includes the DVD plus the entire musical portion of the show on two CDs.
- In addition to the full concert, the DVD and Blu-ray versions include digital surround and stereo audio, interviews with lighting director/stage producer Sean Evans and a photo gallery.
- The Smashing Pumpkins will be touring Europe throughout most of the summer although frontman Billy Corgan recently hinted that he's already writing a new album which could arrive sometime next year.
SIDE NOTES: The Smashing Pumpkins are reissuing the 1996 box set The Aeroplane Flies High on July 23rd in several different deluxe formats, including a six CD/one DVD version, a five-LP version and deluxe digital and standard digital options. The new edition takes the original 33-song collection and expands it to 104 tracks, including live recordings.
INTERNET COMMENTS at Rolling Stone -- agree or not?
Papabear5 wrote: "Who knew they were still on tour? They must be playing to 1/4 full places. Never see them on Billboards Top Grossing Concerts."
Avatar wrote: "Festivals, theaters, clubs.... Not too many larger venues, but what difference does it make. Smaller venues typically make for a better show anyway."
thealienprophet wrote: "what does being a 'top grossing concert' have to do with anything? Is that really how you define what is a good concert and who is a good artist?"
foostus wrote: "He really should call it Smashing Pumpkin. The other pumpkins are long gone."
CHECK IT OUT: Watch fan-filmed footage of the Pumpkins playing "Quasar" from Oceania earlier this year:
Billy Corgan On The Smashing Pumpkins Not Being A Nostalgia Act
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