Smashing Pumpkins and Liz Phair headed to the Saenger Theatre


Liz Phair in 2010. - INCASE
  • Liz Phair in 2010.

Returning to the road for the first time in six years, singer-songwriter Liz Phair will open for Billy Corgan's latest mutation of The Smashing Pumpkins on a spring tour beginning this month. The tour stops in New Orleans at the Saenger Theatre on Friday, April 22, during the first weekend of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Just last summer, the Pumpkins performed with Marilyn Manson on their '90s alt-rock nostalgia tour at Champions Square. For this show, billed as "an acoustic-electro evening," the band continues its "In Plainsong" tour: "intimate settings for an evening of acoustic based music and electronic soundscapes." The lineup includes Corgan, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Schroeder.

Though Phair's landmark 1993 album Exile in Guyville — a buzzsaw of raw testimonials and a middle finger to an oversaturated boys club — is more than 20 years in the rearview, Phair is working on a new album, her first since 2010's self-released Funstyle.

Tickets are on sale at noon Friday, March 18.

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