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Smashing Pumpkins to host Gish 30th anniversary live stream

Alt heroes the Smashing Pumpkins have announced plans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their debut album, Gish, by hosting a livestream event this weekend.

Pencilled in for Sunday, May 30th, kicking off at 1am BST, the virtual extravaganza will feature of live vinyl listening party, a Q&A segment and an exclusive preview of some unreleased music.

Fans may be disappointed when they find out the band won’t be actually be performing. However, mastermind Billy Corgan and rhythmic legend Jimmy Chamberlain will be hosting the two-hour event from Corgan’s Illinois teashop, Madame Zuzu’s.

Tickets go on sale this Friday (May 28th) at 5pm BST. A percentage of the proceeds will go to PAWS animal shelter in Chicago. Ticketholders will have access to the live stream for 24 hours after broadcast.

Recently, Smashing Pumpkins have been celebrating other milestones. Last year marked the 25th anniversary of 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. For that momentous occasion, the Pumpkins teamed up with skate brand HUF for a line of clothing inspired by the iconic album.

This March, Corgan revealed that the band had started recording a new album. Comprised of a mammoth 33-tracks, it will serve as a sequel to Mellon Collie and their duo of Machina records from 2000. Corgan originally announced the project last October, calling it “kind of a rock opera”.

In other news, Corgan has recently discussed his aesthetic when growing up: “For whatever reason, when I was younger, I was not considered good looking.” 

The larger than life frontman explained: “People would tell me, ‘Oh, you’re just not good looking.’ Like it was bad for my career, right? So I had to make sort of critical judgments which is A) that’s really not gonna stop me or that’s not that important; B) I’m gonna be myself; if I’m a weirdo or a vampire or whatever, I’m just gonna be myself. And now, here we are 20-something years later, and people all the time talk to me about the way I looked, how it influenced them.”

Watch the video for Smashing Pumpkins ‘Siva’, below.

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