Smashing Pumpkins & Jane’s Addiction in Concert at PPG Paints; CHMH Hosts The Marshall Tucker Band (Sat., 10/22/22)

1) Smashing Pumpkins are best know for their alt-rock sound, vocals of frontman Billy Corgan and songs like “1979” and “Bullet with Butterfly Wings.” The band formed in Chicago in 1988 and has taken a hiatus and has had varying lineups over the years. Smashing Pumpkins won two Grammy Awards in the late ’90s. They are currently working on their 12th studio album Atum: A Rock Opera in Three Acts. The album will be released in three separate installments of 11 songs from November 2022 to April 2023. They will be headlining the bill with Jane’s Addiction.

Jane’s Addiction rose out of the City of Angels in 1985 to become one of the hottest acts in the burgeoning alternative music scene. The Los Angeles group’s self-titled first album was a success, as were the subsequent releases Nothing’s Shocking and Ritual de lo Habitual. Jane’s Addiction consists of founding member Perry Farrell (lead vocals), longtime members Dave Navarro (lead guitar and formerly of another L.A. band, The Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Stephen Perkins (drums), and Eric Avery (bass). The band has broken up and reunited several times since its first “farewell tour” in 1991. That tour was a Lollapalooza—the name Farrell gave it—and with other bands joining, Lollapalooza became a signature annual event in its own right.  After a couple of hiatuses Lollapalooza was reborn as a fixed-site festival in Chicago, with branch festivals now held in countries outside the U.S. as well. Jane’s Addiction will surely include several of the band’s biggest hits, like “Jane Says” and “Ocean Size.” Special guest is Meg Meyers. PPG Paints Arena, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown. (R.H.)

2) The Marshall Tucker Band began performing in Spartanburg, S.C., in the early ’70s. Excelling mainly in southern rock, the band also blends in some gospel, R&B, jazz, and country music. MTB’s sound is unique and catchy and has withstood the test of time. You may still hear “Heard It in a Love Song” and “Can’t You See” on the radio or in a blues bar on open mic night, but at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, you’ll hear it straight from the band, which is always better than a remake. This is a great opportunity to hear an early and important band in southern rock history. It’s Marshall Tucker Band’s 50th Anniversary Tour. 8 p.m. 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall. (R.H.)

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