October dates in Canada frame Pumpkins’ North American tour 12:42 pm // Monday, August 20, 2012Posted by susan in canada, news, tour, venues.
The Smashing Pumpkins have expanded their North American tour in support of Oceania to a second country with the addition of six shows in Canada during the month of October. Tickets are already on sale for two shows in Mexico on September 22 and 23. There is a week-long gap between the second Mexican date and the start of the Canadian shows on October 2 in Winnipeg. The Pumpkins will follow the Winnipeg gig with shows in Calgary on the 4th, Edmonton on the 5th, and Vancouver on the 7th. After Vancouver, there is a gap of over two weeks before the band hits Toronto on the 25th of October and Montreal on the 28th. We are still awaiting U.S. tour dates that will presumably fill in some of the gaps between current bookings; the rumored Halloween show in Brooklyn would slot in nicely after Montreal.
According to today’s Winnipeg Free Press, the band intends to sell VIP passes to the show, “which may include a premium ticket, a three-song backstage performance and interview session with the band, an autographed tour poster, a copy of Oceania and some special merch.” Details of the VIP passes are supposed to be available at SmashingPumpkins.com, but as yet I don’t see this information posted.
These dates comprise the band’s first visit to Canada since 2008, and the first stops in Winnipeg, Calgary, and Edmonton since the reformation of the band. In order to accommodate the band’s complex Oceania stage show, they are visiting large venues, primarily NHL hockey arenas. For all the details of the tour, check out SPFC.org.