Smashing Pumpkins making more money for charity
The benevolent Smashing Pumpkins recently devised a plan to earn even more money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois during its string of charity concerts beginning one week from today.
On Monday, the multiplatinum Chicago natives announced that the 10th anniversary benefit show scheduled for Soldier Field on July 7 will now take place at the New World Music Theatre, which has offered to waive its typical rental fee. By lowering expenses, the Smashing Pumpkins hope to increase the dollar amount that they can donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which will receive all proceeds from the show.
The New World Music Theatre will exchange Soldier Field's reserved section tickets for general admission tickets; the first 10,000 fans through the door at 5 p.m. (EST) will gain entrance to the coveted pavilion section. Latecomers will receive general admission lawn seating. Dedicated Smashing Pumpkins followers have an extra incentive to arrive early because Cheap Trick will begin the festivities at 8:30 p.m. (EST).
The Chicago-area benefit concert is just one of 16 charity dates scheduled for 14 North American cities this summer. Late last week, the Smashing Pumpkins added shows on July 1 and July 2 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.Proceeds from those concerts will benefit the Five Acres Boys' and Girls' Aid Society, which prevents and treats child abuse. $35 tickets for that show go on sale June 27.
As previously reported on JAMTV, the hometown heroes kick off their charity tour on June 30 in San Francisco and will make stops at small- to medium-capacity venues across the nation through Aug. 8. One-hundred percent of the ticket sales from the shows will benefit a local youth-based foundation in each city, and the Pumpkins will visit as many organizations as their schedule permits, Gayle Fine, the band's spokeswoman, told JAMTV two weeks ago. She added that the band hopes to donate at least $100,000 to each charity. (Anni Layne)