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MANILA, Philippines - It has taken two decades for singer-songwriter-musician Billy Corgan and his alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, to visit the Philippines to perform in concert for their Filipino fans.
The wait has been extended to one day.
Due to massive flooding in Metro Manila and nearby provinces resulting from the nearly incessant, heavy rains since yesterday, the first Philippine concert by The Smashing Pumpkins has been postponed to tomorrow, Wednesday, August 8, 2012.
The venue will still be the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City. The start time will still be 8:30 p.m.
As band leader Billy Corgan has posted on his official Twitter account around 3:30 this afternoon, some 24 hours after being interviewed by Rappler and other local media at the Edsa Shangri-La Plaza hotel:
“I’m happy to report thanks to our great crew and with the helpful assistance of the Manila promoter, we have rescheduled our show for tomorrow…
“The safety of our fans is ALWAYS a huge priority. With a 24-hour-long delay, our 1st Manila show will be at same arena, same time tomorrow!!...
“SP has the best fans in the world and we didn’t want anyone taking any chances. Manila, you are worth the wait to US. Lots of love/be safe.”
Publicist Louie Barreto of Indievents relayed this message on behalf of Music Management Inc. Live, the concert’s chief organizer:
“The Smashing Pumpkins would like to inform all their fans that due to the adverse weather and unforeseen events beyond our control, we are left with no other recourse but to move our show to tomorrow, August 8, 2012, same venue. All tickets will be honored tomorrow. We thank you all for your understanding and support.”
Tickets to the show are sold through Ticketnet (www.ticketnet.com.ph).
The Smashing Pumpkins was formed in 1988 by Chicago, USA, native Billy Corgan. He is currently joined in the band by guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Nicole Fiorentino and drummer Mike Byrne.
The band released its 8th, brand new album, Oceania, just last June, and is expected to perform the 13-track album in its entirety along with some of fan favorites from the Pumpkins discography such as “Today,” “Cherub Rock,” “Adore,” “Zero” and “Tonight, Tonight.” - Rappler.com
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