Billy Corgan has already revealed he won’t be playing all the old hits during the Oceania tour, but now it looks like the Pumpkins could play their new album Oceania from beginning to end at Splendour In The Grass. Speaking with Artist Direct, Corgan said that it had always been the plan to play the entire album on the Oceania tour:
“That was always the plan from the beginning [playing Oceania from beginning to end live]. We made the album with that in mind. Everybody is out playing their old album. Now, it’s created a thing where people expect that. Being The Smashing Pumpkins, we’re going to play an album; it’s just going to be our new one [Laughs].”
However, that doesn’t mean Billy won’t throw a few classics in at the end of the show. The idea was inspired by David Gilmour’s solo tour in 2006:
“We want to play the album and then play some classics to go with it”, Corgan said. “I have to give some credit to David Gilmour. I saw him on his solo tour in 2006, and he did that. He came out and played a couple of The Dark Side of the Moon songs. He played his whole new record. Then he did Echoes, Comfortably Numb, and all of that stuff. It was awesome. It was a really cool thing, and you felt like he was honoring where he was at and did this idealized set afterwards. That’s what we’re shooting for.”
Read the full interview here.
Update: Secret Sounds have issued the following statement regarding The Smashing Pumpkins Australian Tour:
“For these headline performances, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS will be debuting a unique stage design in Australia created to reflect the visual themes to goalong with the full presentation of their new album, “Oceania” – which is set for release on June 22, 2012, through Create/Control – as well as playing plenty of classic Pumpkins catalogue.”
The Smashing Pumpkins will close the Splendour in the Grass festival on the Sunday night. You can view the full 2012 lineup here.