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Smashing Pumpkins Announce 20th Anniversary Tour

September 24, 2008 9:01 AM ET

The Smashing Pumpkins (well, Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin) have announced the details of their fall tour, which marks the 20th anniversary of the group's formation. The five-week run will feature several two night runs in a handful of cities where the Pumpkins promise to play two unique sets with no songs overlapping either night (with night one called "Black Sunshine" and the second night called "White Crosses"). In the Pumpkins' home town of Chicago, the band will play four shows at two different venues. The band has a new single called "G.L.O.W." that will premiere on October 26 as part of Guitar Hero World Tour. The full set of tour dates for the Smashing Pumpkins anniversary tour is below.

Smashing Pumpkins 20th Anniversary Tour
November 1 - Cleveland, OH @ The Palace Theatre
November 3,4 - Toronto, ONT @ Massey Hal
l November 6,7 - New York, NY @ United Palace Theatre
November 8 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata
November 11,12 - Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
November 14,15 - Boston, MA @ The Wang Center
November 16 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
November 18, 19 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
November 21,22 - Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
November 26 - St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre
November 30 - San Diego, CA @ RIMAC Arena
December 2,3 - Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre

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