The band was formed in 1979 in New York but a year later relocated to Britain, where their blues- and ska-influenced riffs became enormously popular.
"Rock This Town" took the U.S. by storm in 1982, its energetic bluesy guitar and toe-tapping bass lines propelling the band to stardom. In classic VH1 "Behind the Music" style, the band's rapid ascent led to insurmountable tension, and the band broke up in 1984.
Lead singer Brian Setzer went on to a successful career with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, which helped ushed in the swing music and dancing trend of the late 1990s. After several failed reunion attempts in recent years, the band jelled again a few months ago. At this point, the Cats are promisng eighteen shows from July to August, and are hinting at more.
The Great Pumpkins
"My heart is in Chicago, and my heart is in the Smashing Pumpkins," wrote Billy Corgan in June 2005 full-page advertisements in the Chicago Tribune and Sun Times newspapers. "I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams. In this desire, I feel I have come home again."
Walking off stage at a sold-out concert in Paris in late May of this year -- the first Smashing Pumpkins concert since 2000 -- Corgan seems to have gotten his wish. The 1990s mega-act are indeed back, but with a new face: original members James Iha and Auf der Maur have been relaced by Jeff Schroeder and Ginger Reyes.
In 2005 Corgan explained what he wanted out of a reunion: "...if I ever go back...it's going to be dangerous. It's not going to be gingerbread cookies and milk." Holding true to that claim, the Pumpkins will be sit in on two "residencies," one at the Orange Peel Club in Ashville, NC and the other at the Fillmore in San Francisco. At each stop, the band will play nine days straight, varying set lists by combining new and old hits as well as songs written on the day of the show.