The best and worst thing about nostalgia is that it ceases to really exist if you stop believing, sort of like Santa Claus. As the ’90s are currently usurping the ’80s in current nostalgia cash-grab culture, things like the fever dream of Nickelodeon’s “’90sFEST” are becoming more and more en vogue. Of course, some of these concerts and festivals are truly for the fans of these bygone pop culture monuments, and package tours have historically been a great way for said monuments to keep making money.
Which brings us to the latest configuration of warped memories, Liz Phair and the Smashing Pumpkins. To my knowledge, though the two acts both hail from Chicago, this is the first time they’ve toured together. If you were alive during their respective heydays and/or had a working pair of ears, this shouldn’t be too surprising. The person who wrote “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” is, sonically, light-years away from the person who wrote “Fuck and Run.” However, a big caveat of this show is that it will be acoustic-based, meaning the show will be on a somewhat even keel, musically. For more information on tour dates, fire up those free hours of AOL that came in the mail the other day and check them out below. “Now That’s I Call ’90s Cash Grab” will be stopping at the Tower Theater in Keswick on April 8.
Smashing Pumpkins/Liz Phair 2016 tour dates:
March 22: Portland, Ore. – Schnitzer Hall
March 23: Seattle, Wash. – The Paramount
March 25: San Francisco, Cali. – The Masonic
March 26-27: Los Angeles, Cali. – The Theatre at Ace Hotel
March 29: Salt Lake City, Utah – Kingsbury Hall
March 30: Denver, Colo. – Ellie Caulkins Opera House
April 1: Detroit, Mich. – The Fillmore
April 2: Columbus, Ohio – Palace Theatre
April 4: New York, N.Y. – Beacon Theatre
April 8: Philadelphia, Penn. – Tower Theatre
April 9: Boston, Mass. – Orpheum Theatre
April 10: Washington, D. C. – Lincoln Theatre
April 12: Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall
April 14: Chicago, Ill. – Civic Opera House
April 15: Louisville, Ken. – Palace Theatre
April 16: Nashville, Tenn. – Ryman Auditorium
April 18: Dallas, Tex. – Majestic Theatre
April 19: Austin, Tex. – Bass Concert Hall
April 20: Houston, Tex. – Cullen Performance Hall
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