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Noel Gallagher And The Smashing Pumpkins Use Nostalgia To Showcase New Music On Stage In Chicago

Thursday night in the suburbs of Chicago, it was 90s nostalgia which filled most of the 28,000 outdoor seats at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.

Ironically though, it was two 90s stars amongst the most unwilling to embrace that nostalgia headlining the outdoor stage: Smashing Pumpkins, led by frontman Billy Corgan, and former Oasis songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Noel Gallagher.

Together, Oasis and the Smashing Pumpkins are responsible for worldwide album sales totaling more than 100 million, riding the crest of what looks to be, pre-internet dominance, the music industry’s final sales boom. 

But Gallagher and Corgan have taken different paths forward following the worldwide sales and success that launched each of them in the 90s.

While Gallagher remains steadfast in his unwillingness to reform Oasis, revisiting the band’s catalog in seemingly begrudging fashion at times on stage in an effort to place a spotlight on his work over the course of three studio albums with his High Flying Birds, Corgan has rebuilt most of the classic Smashing Pumpkins lineup, pushing forward with a 2018 Rick Rubin produced studio album while rolling out the hits during a lengthy reunion tour.

“Thank you so much. You’ve been so kind to let me indulge myself, so the next part of the show is for you,” said Gallagher Thursday in Chicago, drawing a distinct line in the sand about halfway through a set that began with numbers from the High Flying Birds catalog en route to some of the biggest Oasis hits to close it.

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