Good news and bad news for Irish fans of Smashing Pumpkins, and then some more bad news
But then some more, other good news...
Okay, so there's a few different things going on here.
First of all, the official Smashing Pumpkins website had changed to a countdown clock in the last few days, and today that countdown ended, and was replaced with the fantastic news that there was a reunion tour coming along, the first featuring the original members of the band since 2000.
So that is the first bit of good news.
The first bit of bad news is that apparently Billy Corgan had asked original bassist D’Arcy Wretzky to be a part of the tour, but then reportedly took back that offer, and the tour will be three-quarters of the original line-up.
The second bit of bad news is that it doesn't look like the tour is leaving the North America.
The tour dates, which kick off in mid-July and end in early September, takes in the length and width of America, with one or two stop offs in Canada, but that is it. So unless you intend on flying over to catch them, we're afraid you're out of luck if you were hoping to see them live any time soon.
Which leads us on to the last bit of good news, and that is Corgan has confirmed that Rick Rubin is producing the Smashing Pumpkins next album. It will be their follow-up to 2014's Monuments To An Elegy, while Rubin has produced everyone from Red Hot Chilli Peppers to Adele to Wu-Tang Clan to Lady Gaga in the last decade.
You can watch the full tour announcement video right here:
Clip via The Smashing Pumpkins