The Smashing Pumpkins
The Smashing Pumpkins have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history and sold over 30 million albums.
Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released 'Gish', their influential (and platinum) debut in 1991, which was followed by more platinum and multi-platinum albums including the nine-time platinum 'Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness' and the four-time platinum 'Siamese Dream' as well as the platinum certified 1998 album 'Adore'.
The pivotal group's many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation.
The Pumpkins returned in 2007 with their gold-certified and acclaimed sixth album 'Zeitgeist', which entered the charts at Number Two in the U.S. and in the Top 10 internationally.
Since their triumphant return to the stage in 2007, the Pumpkins have headlined some of the biggest events around the globe including the Reading Festival, Rock Am Ring, and the V fest. In 2008, the band were inducted into Hollywood’s RockWalk.
Their first post-major label release was the song 'Superchrist', issued via the Guitar Centre CD 'Fresh Cuts Vol. 2'. They subsequently recorded the song 'G.L.O.W.' for the 'Guitar Hero' World Tour' game, marking the first time a band has recorded a new song exclusively for the franchise.
In November 2008, the band released their first live DVD, 'If All Goes Wrong'.
In December 2009 The Smashing Pumpkins began releasing 'Teargarden By Kaleidyscope', a 44-song work with songs being released online one at a time for free. (Four-song physical EPs will be made available as the songs are released, such as the first one: 'Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol 1: Songs For A Sailor', issued on 25 May 2010. This was followed by a second EP - 'Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Vol. II: The Solstice Bare' - released on 23 November.
The group's Billy Corgan has said the new music "harkens back to the original psychedelic roots of The Smashing Pumpkins; atmospheric, melodic, heavy, and pretty".