An independent show guide not a venue or show. All tickets 100% guaranteed, some are resale, prices may be above face value. We're an independent show guide not a venue or show. We sell primary, discount and resale tickets, all 100% guaranteed prices may be above face value. We are an independent show guide not a venue or show. We sell primary, discount and resale tickets, all 100% guaranteed and they may be priced above or below face value.

Smashing Pumpkins Reviews

Classic RockIndie & RockConcertsLegends Live

Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.6 Stars)

Number of reviews: 25



5.0 star rating Liza from Denver, Colorado


One of the best concerts i've ever seen in my life! Billy Corgan was at the TOP of his game. This show actually blew me away. The sound was incredible, the lights and visuals were perfect and really added to the high level of this performance. BRAVO!!!

5.0 star rating Justin Williams from Sacramento, California


Wow, what an amazing show on August 28th at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. The show time clocked in at over 3 hours at about 3 hours 15 minutes. This is a pretty remarkable amount of time for a band to play. They played all the great songs you would expect, with extreme effort and spot on sound. The stage set ups (plural), were amazing and the guitar solos by Billy Corgan were simply brilliant. You often forget how good of a guitar player he is because he does so much else, but he's one of the best and this show will make you a believer. Bravo Smashing Pumpkins, I just saw one of the best concerts of my life after being very disappointed in the 1996 concerts. If you have the opportunity, take it and spend your night watching this amazing band at their peak (yes, I said it), you will not be let down. Enjoy Pumpkins fans, your patience and perseverance will be greatly rewarded by this show.

5.0 star rating Janice from Columbus, Ohio


I have been a fan since the mid 90s, that was by far the absolute best show I’ve ever seen. It was so appealing to my senses. The backdrop videos were mesmerizing, but nothing like the music, it drew me in from the first note, till the very last. I even enjoyed the “not so popular songs” because the band was perfectly spot on. After every song, I found myself saying “Oh my”. Totally amazing, would love to follow the tour to all 36 venues

5.0 star rating John from Baltimore, Maryland


I have been a fan of the Pumpkins since the early 1990's. I have seen them once before at Lollapalooza in 1994, and they were very good that time. This time was much better. Not only did they sound better, but they seemed to be in a much better place. The entire band seemed to be very happy to be back on stage with each other. I watched and listened to the show with a smile on my face. Billy's voice sounded better than it has in a long time. It was one of the best shows that I have ever been to. I would definitely want to see them again.

5.0 star rating VP from New York, New York


I had seen them in 1996 and it was terrible. The sound was distorted and the stage was all black with no lights. Last night couldn’t have been better or more different. The sound level was perfect, the band was very tight, and the setlist impeccable. Bravo Corgan, Iha, and Chamberlain!!!

5.0 star rating Renee from Lancaster, Pennsylvania


Been a fan since 1990 and I am sooo happy that I got to FINALLY see them over the weekend. Billy Corgan's vocals were amazing as always. LOVE HIM!!!!! Worth waiting 20 years!! Smashing Pumpkins 2018 was an AWESOME concert and I would go see them again and again!!!!!!!!

5.0 star rating Eric from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Seen the show in philadelphia last night and I was completely blown away. They sounded so great! I would highly recommend seeing this show if you’re a fan of the smashing pumpkins, or even if you’re not you may become one! Billy’s voice was on point and the whole band was amazing. I absolutely loved it and I hope they come back around again soon

5.0 star rating Mr Clifton from Santa Barbara, California


The band sounded great, the light show spot on. Many ushers on hand to assist in seating. The venue is very clean & updated looking. Oh yeah Bones UK 2/3 girl band rocked too;

5.0 star rating Michael Olivas from Dallas, Texas


The set list was very well balanced with new and classic songs. The band was extremely tight, polished and seasoned. The performance was deliberate and a pure joy to experience.

5.0 star rating Eric from Houston, Texas


When James Iha walked on stage with his red silk cowboy shirt, I was in awe of Greatness! Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlain and James Iha all delivered a monumental performance at the Toyota Center. The audience was filled with nice people who shared a sense of respect between themselves and the band and with everyone else in the audience. I felt a sense of real love from the band and from the audience. The sound was perfect. The Smashing Pumpkins showed up and showcased their energy as only they can do. There's a reason they're still one of the biggest bands in Rock n Roll history.

5.0 star rating Smashing Pumpkins fan since Gish from San Diego, California


Saw the guys play at the Ampitheatre in Chula Vista last night. Been feeling kinda down lately with work stress. That's all fixed now! After the first 2 songs, I could have ridden a happiness-high for about a month. However after 20 songs back-to-back with no breaks, now my mind is delirious! I attended alone with my husband because he didn't want to pay the ticket price. I'll be dragging him next tour for sure. Why the heck I waited 33 years to see them live is beyond me. I loved how they did different versions of so many songs too! Nice venue, food and drinks were pricey but expected. I'll definitely come back to this ampitheatre for future concerts.

4.0 star rating Nancy from Chicago,


Been a lif long fan and the band was tight focused and absolutely fantastic! The ease and joy they felt being together again was palatable. Loved it would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the early 90 scene

4.0 star rating Dwayne Williams from New York, New York


Smashing Pumpkins, you either hate them or love them. I've always liked Corgan's songwriting and have followed him throughout all the bands incarnations. Last nights performance at MSG was tight and professional. Billy is not the most endearing personality and to his credit, he did not reveal that during the show. What we received was a faithful rendition of many of their classics from the original band that were performed with passion. The stage show was elaborate with Billy doing many costume changes. The music was neither enhanced nor suffered as a result of the staging, with the music and his voice carrying the night to a very satisfying conclusion. Billy and his band mates played for three hours plus and gave the audience our monies worth. To me. a totally enjoyable and satisfying way to spend a Wednesday night in New York!

4.0 star rating Jopel from New York, New York


Everything from Gish, S. Dream, and infinite sadness sounded amazing. And for me that was enough. For a three hour Reunion show, you're going to hear some things you don't care for. For me, anything on adore and machina I find uninteresting, But, some people like it, so they played it. Could maybe have done without stairwsy to heaven and space odity. Pretty unoriginal covers The ego driven Billy induced, Billy love fest is a bit awkward, but he has always been that nerdy big kid that needs your adoration. Yeah, he's serious up there wearing my mothers curtains as a cape . I give a pass to all of thiat nonesense though . Billy shreds those timeless riffs from my youth and his voice sounded great, and the guy seems genuinely happy, while jimmy annd james let Billy do wtf he wants. For much of the night Jimmy was his bad ass self on the drums. I was waiting to hear him Bonham out on stairway. I guess only Bonham does that though. The good heavily outweighed the bad .pumpkins rule

4.0 star rating from Groton, Connecticut


Great show, how I loved them growing up in the 90's. Billy sounded great, he held back on some of the big notes but was probably for the better. The other guitarist sounded good but come on man get more excited about being there! I know it's not madison square garden, but when Billy asked him if he liked Uncasville he said yeah, I went to Jersey mikes..... unbelievable. We pay good money to be there, be more enthusiastic about being on stage.

4.0 star rating Reelboss from West Palm Beach, Florida


Excellent performance, sound was muffled. The instruments drowned out Billy’s voice… left me craving crisper vocals.

3.0 star rating Joseph from Nashville, Tennessee


I personally felt the best time to see this band would have been during the Mellon Collie tour,when the band were at their best. Last night felt more of a nostoligia cash grab . I heard Billy Corgan is kinda of a control freak a$$hole. Last night he threw James Iha under the bus for a simple riff mistake 99 percent of the crowd missed,but Mr.Corgan stopped the show to point it out,and i quote,"These people expect perfection!" I think it is Mr.Corgan who expects perfection. Although singing notes is far from it.

2.0 star rating Jeff from Indianapolis, Indiana


The music had some amazing moments. However I found the show to be depressing and glum. Billy is obviously still a depressed teenager. To me, the whole thing had a negative vibe.

2.0 star rating Chicagobd from Chicago, Illinois


The musicianship and Corgans voice sounded very good. However the song choices were horrible . Way too many slow songs. I felt Billy was disconnected with the audience . Like he was playing for himself and not the fans . After everyone there was a long delay which felt like an intermission . People were sitting down . Some we're leaving . Just when u thing he would turn things around you get disappointed again . He deflated any ounce of energy that stadium had . Good job Billy . You got us again . 3 strikes and your out. Will never see them again

2.0 star rating Edgar from Boston, Massachusetts


Set contained a lot of slow songs that I used to skip. The band was sloppy and Billy Corgan was not an engaging presence. There were lots of lights, it was definitely "shiny and bright", but the lights did not add to the performance and I found them distracting. The venue was about half full and the whole thing felt like a dress rehearsal for an act that had not yet been ironed out. I have seen them before and enjoyed past performances, but this tour was not for me.

2.0 star rating Jason from Huntsville, Alabama


Why did the opening act take 3 hours? Was Billy backstage throwing another tantrum and refusing to go on? It was amazing how many people were yelling for Interpol to get off stage in between songs. They just went on and on! Did Billy forget who his key demographic is? Hint: it’s not a bunch of 20 year olds who want to hear Interpol. The pumpkins are master musicians, but I think their sound guy had them amped up for a much larger venue. It sounded blown out. Honestly, the fact that they made us wait 3 hours listening to a shitty opening act already had us pissed. Then, Billy decided to play a bunch of random songs instead of sticking to the hits? I’m not going to pretend like that was a good concert just because I love the Pumpkins.

1.0 star rating Jim T from Chicago, Illinois


Growing up listening to Smashing Pumpkins I was super excited to go see him at the United Center. Unfortunately the concert had no positive energy they didn’t sound good and their selection of songs where not good. Billy is from Chicago and didn’t even come out for an encore instead he had some guy with a saxophone play blue for about 5 minutes. If want to listen to some guy play blues I don’t go to see the Smashing Pumpkins. Did I mention he didn’t play Disarmed, luckily I play it in the car on the way home and it sounded better than any song at the concert. Never going to see them again.

1.0 star rating Kelly from Vancouver, British Columbia


It was clear BC has a cold/sore throat from the onset. The show energy felt like an obligation they had to met and he made weird /rude comments about fans being ‘Siamese Dream zombies’. At one point he said he was ‘dying up here’ and ‘I’ll just trundle along’. Very heavy instrumental and very few crowd pleasers. Stale and lacklustre- awesome light show for a positive. My friends and I were very disappointed.

1.0 star rating Angela from Albuquerque, New Mexico


Been a fan of Smashing Pumpkins for years. Yet had to leave mid concert because the sound was muffled making each song incoherent. People were saying it was too loud and to a point you could not enjoy it. Waste of time and money.

1.0 star rating Kim Shaler from West Palm Beach, Florida


I have been a smashing pumpkins fan sense I was young so I was very excited to go we saw them in palm beach and I followed what they were singing in their set lists and got ready they played northing worth listening to it was hard to follow to hear we were not in nose bleeds we about the second rung up and I knew none of these songs they played maybe 3 good ones the whole night we were not the only ones that left early the rows behind us were gone when we left I was very disappointed. The band at our local bar was better than that :( why would you bring your kids on stage ??? it was very weird !


What you thought

Seen Smashing Pumpkins? Loved it? Hated it?

Help your fellow San Francisco Theater visitors by leaving the first review. Everyone will love you for it, we promise!

Write a review now


Venue home

Venue home




Additional Information

seating chart
SeatingSeating map

Spread the word

Sound good to you? Share this page on social media and let your friends know about Smashing Pumpkins at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

Keep up to date

I want email news and updates for events in my area! Read how we protect your data.

Please note: The term Shoreline Amphitheatre and/or Smashing Pumpkins as well as all associated graphics, logos, and/or other trademarks, tradenames or copyrights are the property of the Shoreline Amphitheatre and/or Smashing Pumpkins and are used herein for factual descriptive purposes only. We are in no way associated with or authorized by the Shoreline Amphitheatre and/or Smashing Pumpkins and neither that entity nor any of its affiliates have licensed or endorsed us to sell tickets, goods and or services in conjunction with their events.