Pumpkins Celebrate 20 Years With Live Shows

The band reveals the first date of anniversary tour

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The Smashing Pumpkins have revealed the first date on their imminent 20th anniversary tour of the US.

The band will play at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana on August 9. Tickets for the gig will go on sale Friday (July 11) at 10:00am PST via Ticketmaster.

According to the group’s Web site, the band will visit “mostly smaller-sized venues” during an August run featuring “unique sets and songs”.

The Pumpkins have also revealed details of their 20th anniversary tour scheduled to take place in November.

“These shows will focus on the band’s history, legacy and accomplishments over their career,” the band says.

The anniversary shows will take place at bigger venues in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles with additional cities to be announced.

Another run of dates focusing on the band’s debut album, “Gish,” are on tap for early 2009, with cities to be announced.

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