PICS: Smashing Pumpkins at NICU Amphitheatre

'Today is the greatest': The Smashing Pumpkins bombarded Chula Vista's NICU Amphitheatre recently with alt-rock radio hits galore.

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Currently on the road in support of their 2018 album, "Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun," the band is on tour with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and AFI (look for their respective photo galleries soon on SoundDiego.com).
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The group currently features original members guitarist/vocalist Billy Corgan (left), drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James Iha (both of who recently rejoined last year). Jeff Schroeder also plays guitar in the band, and Jack Bates is handling bass duties on this tour.
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While they're still pumping out great music (four new albums since 2009), the Pumpkins originally hit it big in the early '90s. Their debut 1991 LP, "Gish," put 'em on the map but they truly achieved widespread mainstream success with their 1993 record "Siamese Dream."
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The album debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S. alone.
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However, their 1995 third studio album, the massive 28-song double album "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" took them to even greater heights: It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard, was certified more than 10 times platinum, and became the best-selling double album of the decade. (Iha pictured)
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It also garnered the group seven Grammy Awards in 1997, including Album of the Year. They'd go on to win one, for Best Hard Rock Performance (for "Bullet with Butterfly Wings"). (Bates pictured)
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During their Aug. 28 show, the band performed the following songs: "Today," "Zero," "Solara," "Knights of Malta," "Eye," "Bullet With Butterfly Wings," "Tiberius"...
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Along with "G.L.O.W.," "Disarm," "Superchrist," "Fire and Rain" (a James Taylor cover), "Ava Adore," "1979," "Tonight, Tonight"...
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And "Blues Skies Bring Tears," "Cherub Rock" and "The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)."
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As expected, the band put on a great show and we can't wait to have 'em back in town soon!
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