Smashing Pumpkins eye live shows

Small run will celebrate 20th anniversary

NEW YORK -- As expected, the Smashing Pumpkins will play a host of shows in the coming months in celebration of their 20th anniversary. According to the group's Web site, the Pumpkins will visit "mostly smaller-sized venues" during an August run featuring "unique sets and songs."

So far the only date announced is Aug. 9 at the Venue in Hammond, Ind. "This tour will be for fun," the band said.

Come November, the Pumpkins will play anniversary shows at bigger venues in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and additional cities to be announced. "These shows will focus on the band's history, legacy and accomplishments over their career," the band says.

Another run of dates focusing on the band's debut album, "Gish," are on tap for early 2009, with cities to be announced.