Smashing Pumpkins Cancel Vancouver Show, Offer Refunds

Vancouver gig won't go on, but SP rocks MTS Centre.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

The October 7th Smashing Pumpkins' show in Vancouver at Rogers Arena has been cancelled. While no official reason for the cancellation has been cited, rumour has it it's due to low ticket sales.

The performance, which was set to happen this Sunday, has not been rescheduled. According to a, promoters issued the following statement: "Goldenvoice regrets to announce that the Smashing Pumpkins' upcoming Vancouver show at Rogers Arena on October 7, has been cancelled and is sorry for any inconvenience caused to the fans. Refunds can be made at point of purchase immediately."

However, the band rocked out the MTS Centre with a two-plus-hour show last Tuesday, led by Billy Crogan, who is now (eep!) 45 years old. Reviewer Darryl Sterdan of QMI Agency said of the concert, "…That didn’t help them connect with the crowd. Ditto Corgan’s distant stageside manner. He didn’t say a word between songs until after the fourth number, when he uttered a simple "thank you. Thank you very much.' Three tunes later, he filled everyone in on the plan, albeit in a slightly passive-aggressive manner: 'As some of you know, we’re playing our new album first, and then we’ll get around to those classics – if it’s OK with you.' Like we had any choice."

So far no other shows have been cancelled – their next stop after their now-defunct Vancouver concert will be Seattle, followed by a long line of performances south of the border.

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