THE SMASHING PUMPKINS will perform “The Celestials” from their current album “Oceania” this Thursday, August 23 on the “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno”, their first national television performance since the album’s release.
The band is coming off a successful tour of Australia, New Zealand and South Korea that ran from July 26 to August 14. They headlined festivals and, at their own shows, performed the acclaimed “Oceania” in full, followed by a set of classics and deep cuts.
Although the material on “Oceania” is part of the PUMPKINS‘ in-progress 44-song cycle, “Teargarden By Kaleidyscope”, frontman Billy Corgan told The Pulse Of Radio why he decided to carve “Oceania” out as its own album. “We decided to release ‘Oceania’ as a standalone project because we’d been doing a song at a time as part of the ‘Teargarden By Kaleidyscope’ project, and we found that because of the voracious nature of the Internet, our songs were being swallowed up so fast that people didn’t even know that they’d come out,” he said. “So when we looked at it, we said, what can we do that will garner at least some length of attention? An album, of course, would do that, at least for that one hour hopefully.”
“Oceania” follows up 2007’s comeback album “Zeitgeist” and is the first PUMPKINS record to feature the current lineup of Mike Byrne on drums, Nicole Fiorentino on bass and Jeff Schroeder on guitar.