With the last hurdle finally overcome, Billy Corrigan has signed a one-year deal to bring the famous modern rock band back together for a series of tour dates starting in September 2009.
Labeled as the "Literal Tour", the Pumpkins will book 12 dates in the US, Canada and the UK, ending all stops with the final concert in New York on October 31, Halloween night.
Not to be outdone by progressive rock bands like Green Day and others made famous for spitting or urinating on their audience, The Pumpkins plan a unique surprise for the finale at each concert. Though it was rumored to involve pyrotechnics and actual pumpkins of the large, orange variety, the band members were keeping tight-lipped about the show.
Long time friend of the band and "roadie", Longe Wankerton, tells reporters, "Well let me say this. If you've seen what that comedian Gallagher does to a watermelon on stage, then you'll have some idea about what we're planning. My advice would be to bring a raincoat."
Reporters followed up with Wankerton on his statement, "You mean that's why it's called the Literal Tour? They are going to smash pumpkins on stage? That's the big secret?" Wankerton replied, "I don't want to give it all away, you'll just have to buy a ticket."
The media hype is almost as hot as the ticket prices with the nose bleed section of most arenas running $400 to $750 U.S. and main floor running over $1000 per ticket. Main floor seats do come with a commemorative key chain and a souvenir rain poncho."