ROCK NEWS REPORT 30 MAY 18

SMASHING PUMPKINS ANNOUNCE 30TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW

The Smashing Pumpkins have announced a 30th Anniversary show to take place at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. The show is part of the “Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour” that the original band lineup is getting ready to embark on. 

“Celebrate a special evening with The Smashing Pumpkins as they honor 30 years since the band’s inception,” a post on Instagram reads. “The night will be filled with special guests, a career-spanning set list, never before seen production, and more surprises from this momentous performance under the stars." 

The band notes that the show is part of a limited series that will begin with this show on August 2nd. Tickets for the celebration go on sale Friday.


WEEZER GRANTS FAN REQUEST AND COVERS TOTO'S 'AFRICA'

Weezer has unveiled a cover of Toto's 1982 hit "Africa." The band recorded the song after a 14-year-old fan named Mary, whose Twitter account is @weezerafrica, lobbied for months to get the group to cover it. At first Weezer cut a version of a different Toto tune, "Rosanna," but ended up doing its own take on "Africa" as well.

  • Weezer is supposed to release its self-titled "Black Album" sometime this year, after postponing it from a May arrival.
  • The new disc, the band's 12th studio effort, will follow up both 2016's self-titled "White Album and last year's Pacific Daydream.
  • Frontman Rivers Cuomo released a surprise solo single, "Medicine for Melancholy" in March, followed by a solo acoustic show in early April. The 27-song set featured Weezer hits and rarities as well as covers of songs from artists like Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies and REO Speedwagon.
  • The band will kick off a co-headlining summer tour with Pixies on June 23rd in Tampa, Florida.

Story source: Rolling Stone

CHECK IT OUT: Listen to Weezer's "Africa":

 

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