Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins will be performing a benefit concert with Kill Hannah on Tuesday night July 27th at the Metro Chicago . This special show will help raise money to pay for the medical bills of Matthew Leone who was hospitalized with severe brain trauma after intervening to stop a woman he passed on the street from being beaten by her husband. Tickets for this show were distributed in a unique way – a raffle.
As a Chicagoan and lifelong Smashing Pumpkin fan, I decided to purchase two raffle tickets. On Saturday at 2:52 PM I got an email from Pete at Metro Chicago informing me that I had won 2 Smashing Pumpkins tickets! I in no way expected to win and merely thought of the $20 I spent on raffle tickets as a modest donation to a good cause. I have not been this excited to see a concert in a really long time. The Pumpkins both began and ended (albeit briefly) their musical career at the historic Metro. This show will mark the first time in almost 10 years that Billy Corgan and crew will play this intimate venue. If you’re a SP fan there is not a better place to see them live. I have seen the Pumpkins 13 times and I will never forget their last show at the Metro. If the show is half as good I will certainly be in for a treat.
Smashing Pumpkin fans had the ability to purchase raffle tickets for $10 each or could purchase Balcony VIP seats for $100, or VIP Soundcheck tickets for $500. Both VIP ticket packages sold out in minutes as this was the only way to guarantee admission to this benefit concert. All proceeds from the raffle and concert will go to the Matthew Leone Fund at Sweet Relief. Although the raffle is over and the winners of tickets have been announced, you can still contribute to the Matthew Leone Fund at http://www.sweetrelief.org.
The Smashing Pumpkins are also currently on a US tour promoting their new internet album Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. According to sources the Pumpkins will be releasing 44 songs over the course of the year and can be downloaded for free at SmashingPumpkins.com. If you were not fortunate enough to win tickets to the SP show at the Metro, below is a list of other tour dates in which you can see them play live!
2010 Smashing Pumpkins Tour Dates
|July 26||New York, NY||Terminal 5|
|July 27||Chicago, IL||Chicago Metro|
|Aug 7||Tokyo, Japan||Marine Stadium / Messe|
|Aug 8||Osaka, Japan||Maishima / Summer Sonic|
|Aug 10||Tokyo, Japan||Studio Coast|
|Aug 11||Tokyo, Japan||Studio Coast|
|Aug 14||Seoul, Korea||Chamsil Gymnasium|
|Aug 28||Hollywood, CA||Sunset Strip Music Festival|
|Sep 18||Denver, CO||The Big Gig 2010|