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Smashing Pumpkins strip it down for acoustic show

Not many people would attach the word “conventional” to Smashing Pumpkins’ founder Billy Corgan. After leading one of the ’90s most essential acts, he’s passed his time by becoming a prolific Twitter personality; taking a full-time producer and talent development job with TNA wrestling; and moving past his influential band’s original lineup to insert all new players under the same moniker.

So when Corgan announced his band’s current iteration would embark on an early summer acoustic tour before joining Marilyn Manson for its July and August “The End of Times Tour” double bill, such contrast seemed right in line for an artist who has prided himself in always keeping his fans guessing. And let the set list guesses begin for the band’s first “In Plainsong” tour stop – at 8 p.m. Monday in North Tonawanda’s Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St.). According to Corgan’s Twitter feed, he’s already conceived the tour’s sets as 28-song affairs, with planned surprises from past albums like “Adore” and “Siamese Dream,” as well as tracks from side project Zwan and solo selections.

So what will make the Corgan cut? If you already have tickets, enjoy the anticipation. If not, bad news: the show’s already sold out – unless you have cash to burn. VIP packages (starting at $275) are still available at; and loose tickets (starting at $200) can be had on

– Michael Farrell

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