Tonight was the Smashing Pumpkins 30th Anniversary show at PNC Banks Art Center in Holmdel, New Jersey.Though the band formed in 1988 it was 1991 before most of us heard the album Gish with its mix of metal, hard rock, dream pop, and the astonishing drumwork of a guy named Jimmy Chamberlin. He will be playing a new custom wrap Tour Custom kit on the reunion tour and at tonight’s performance. Jimmy collaborated with Chicago-based artist Jason Brammer to develop an Art Deco style wrap. Something very new for Yamaha Drums. It looks great.
For the one-off performance, the Pumpkins are joined by a number of notable special guests, including Courtney Love, Deftones frontman Chino Moreno, and Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order (Hook’s son, Jack Bates, currently serves as Smashing Pumpkins’ touring bassist). Other confirmed guests include AFI frontman Davey Havok, Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath, and Dave Keuning and Mark Stoermer of The Killers.
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