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Smashing Pumpkins cancel four concerts in Germany 10:25 am // Monday, November 7, 2011

Posted by jjb in germany, news, tour.

Two weeks from the start of their scheduled five-city tour of Germany, the Smashing Pumpkins have called off all but one date, that being November 23 in Berlin. Fans holding tickets to concerts in Bremen, Koeln, Offenbach, and Muenchen may turn them in either for a refund or for tickets to the Berlin show.

A statement from Frankfurt-based promoters Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur reads in part:

The Smashing Pumpkins haben ihre Deutschland-Tour aufgrund internationaler Verpflichtungen verkürzt. Die Band wird nächstes Jahr zur Veröffentlichung von „Oceania“ zurückkehren.


1. natascha - 11:23 am // Monday, November 7, 2011

i hope it is THAT easy to exchange the ticket i got for a berlin show…i mean…nothing is easy here,everything is complicated…this is germany :(

2. monocoque - 11:45 am // Monday, November 7, 2011

Kind of embarrasing. You can guess how poor the ticket sales were for those four dates. Even Berlin show it seems there are still plenty of tickets unsold.

3. Is he one? - 2:12 pm // Monday, November 7, 2011


4. misty - 2:46 pm // Monday, November 7, 2011

pretty sad … hope they come back in spring

5. Is he one? - 2:47 pm // Monday, November 7, 2011

That is, indeed, sad. I was hoping that SP was still able to fill big venues on the “old continent”. I guess it’s not true in all countries.

I hope it is the fact in Montréal, Québec. I’m waiting!

6. Is he one? - 3:13 pm // Monday, November 7, 2011

I meant I hope it is the “case” in Montréal. That they can fill a relatively big venue. I think so actually. They’re due for a visit here I can tell.

7. Drevpile - 3:14 pm // Monday, November 7, 2011

Monocoque – if all ticket sales can be exchanged for the Berlin date, yes – I think that’s a reasonable conclusion.

8. natascha - 3:59 pm // Monday, November 7, 2011

i hope they come back next year…it´s sad,but well…shit happens

9. your_rose_in_bloom - 4:51 pm // Monday, November 7, 2011

Lucky me :)
I will wait for you in Berlin !!!!
But still sad for those who can not come to Berlin…
Hopefully Berlin won´t be canceled aswell…

10. Pumpkins fill Germany-sized gap with Prague arena concert « Hipsters United - 5:29 pm // Monday, November 7, 2011

[…] Having cancelled several tour dates in Germany, the Smashing Pumpkins are plugging one hole in their European itinerary with a newly announced gig at Incheba Aréna in the Czech capital of Prague on November 25. […]

11. Duy - 11:36 pm // Monday, November 7, 2011

Were these shows really canceled by poor ticket sales?

12. gyang333 - 12:09 am // Tuesday, November 8, 2011

the reason given, “postponed due to a change in their international promotional commitments.” sounds like the German shows weren’t doing well sales-wise, whereas the newly added Prague date at an arena makes me feel like ticket sales in the Czech Republic must have been tremendous, hence sacrificing the German dates for the Czech one?

13. tuemay - 4:06 am // Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I was just about to buy tickets for the Cologne concert. I mean average SP fan over here is “old”. We have a life and a family and kids. I never buy my concert tickets 3 months in advance. They should have told us: buy your tickets now or we’ll have to cancel. Very disappointing!

14. asdf - 4:27 am // Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fans from south Germany should come to Zurich, Switzerland to their show! We will all have a good party here.

15. Marek - 4:50 am // Tuesday, November 8, 2011

gyang333: I wouldn´t say tremendous. There were people in the arena in 2008 (it´s the same building, it must have been renamed recently), but its capacity was much greater (some 8 or 10 thousand people). The pitch was full of fans, however, the terraces were almost entirely empty, which looked somehow creepy. I wonder now why they didn´t choose a smaller venue, which would be much more reasonable. SP are more likely to attract attention in the USA than they are in Central Europe. The Zeitgeist Tour was still quite successful because it had the record behind it, which was released through official channels and got some promotion so that people knew about the band and that they were back. But now? Well, well. As sad as it makes me feel, I am one of the few fans of SP in this country. It´s an unpleasant fact… Anyway, I would very much like to see and hear Mr. Corgan and his bandmates rocking it live once more in my lifetime.

16. sadOne - 5:16 am // Tuesday, November 8, 2011

That sucks big time. I’m so sad and angry right now, was looking forward to it for so long and I can’t get a day off to go to Berlin, had to haggle for this one already and changing doesn’t work. I’m sorry, but no, I don’t understand and who knows what will happen next year. Chances are they won’t sell too many tickets again. What’s then? Cancel again? Not fair.

17. Misery - 5:48 am // Tuesday, November 8, 2011

It’ll be different next year though, as I assume Pumpkins will do a festival or two, seeing as they’ll have a new record to promote, so people will realise they’re actually touring.

18. sadOne - 6:21 am // Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Why not book smaller venues in the first place?

19. Misery - 8:17 am // Tuesday, November 8, 2011

@sadOne I dunno, I reckon, had this been more promoted, they’d have sold out the shows. Not sure what the prices were, ticket-wise, ’cause the UK shows were nearly £40 per ticket, so maybe it’s the price which was the issue

20. Jonk - 12:22 pm // Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sorry for the German fans. Consider this though- I live in the US- in Alaska, and Billy has yet to tour here!

21. BOP - 1:44 pm // Tuesday, November 8, 2011

@Jonk Germany has more than one hundred times the population of Alaska, so he’s screwing over the largest potential fan-base in Europe, not to mention that most of the Eastern European fans that don’t get a show near them travel to Germany to see the band. Not a good PR move to cancel on such short notice with no explanation or apology. I’m sure there are lots of angry people with non-refundable train/hotel reservations that will never spend another dime on SP again…me included.

22. Jonk - 5:52 pm // Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sorry about that- that would suck

23. Matt - 4:25 pm // Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What strikes me as odd is if the turnout was scarce in 2008 (with a new major label album out and Jimmy Chamberlin in the band) Then why would they play the same venues 3 years later with no original members and no new music?

I feel bad for Corgan and all but its common sense.

24. TwoSunspots - 5:03 am // Friday, November 11, 2011

Fooking shambles! perhaps they should have moved the gigs to smaller venues a month ago? I was in Brussels..amazing gig and quite full. :-D

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