Smashing Pumpkins to hit NZ

BRIDGET JONES
Last updated 08:39 04/05/2012
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'NEW ERA': Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan says the show combines epic rock with the latest in visual technology.

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Rock superstars The Smashing Pumpkins are heading back to Auckland for one show only later this year.

The band, led by Billy Corgan, will play Vector Arena on August 4. The show comes on the back of their headlining spot at the Splendour in the Grass music festival in Australia.

Corgan and the band last performed in New Zealand at the Auckland Town Hall in 2010.

The band looks set to debut a unique stage design during their trip downunder, that was created to reflect the themes of their new album, Oceania, due to be released on June 22.

Corgan has said the shows are part of a "new era of The Smashing Pumpkins, where we look to combine an epic rock show with the latest in visual mapping technology to create a one-of-a-kind experience for our fans".

The Smashing Pumpkins have sold more than 30 million albums and won multiple Grammy Awards over their 24-year history. 

From their debut album Gish to the nine-time platinum classic Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, the group are widely regarded as one of the most influential bands of the modern time. 

Oceania will be the group's seventh studio album.

The Smashing Pumpkins

August 4 - Vector Arena, Auckland

Tickets on sale from May 9 from Ticketmaster.

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