Smashing Pumpkins will bring a wrestling show to Tampa this fall

Athletes from NWA will 'compete at most of the festival locations.'

click to enlarge The Smashing Pumpkins, which play MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Florida on  Aug. 20, 2023. - Photo by Phil DeSimone
Photo by Phil DeSimone
The Smashing Pumpkins, which play MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Florida on Aug. 20, 2023.
They better restock the bins at Microgroove because The Smashing Pumpkins are coming back to Tampa Bay this fall.

Tickets to see The Smashing Pumpkins play MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Sunday, Aug. 20 go on sale Friday, March 31 at 10 a.m. EDT. Ticket prices have yet to be announced, but New York rock band Interpol opens the show along with Rival Sons.

The Tampa show is one of just two Florida dates on The Smashing Pumpkins' "The World Is A Vampire" tour, which will support the final installment of the band's ATUM trilogy.
Event Details

The Smashing Pumpkins w/Interpol

Sun., Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m.

MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre 4802 N Us Highway 301, Tampa Hillsborough County

What's more is that a press release says that athletes from Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan's National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) will "compete at most of the festival locations." At its peak in the '60s and '70s, the NWA was one the globe's biggest wrestling organization and wildly-popular in Tampa where the revived league filmed a pay per view last February.

"I grew up in a world where I needed to know bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Cure existed, it meant there was a place for people like me to hang out and belong. That's what The World Is A Vampire is about," Corgan, who bought NWA in 2017, wrote in the release. "Bringing back that sense of community. If you don't fit in, you belong here. It's about having a shared experience and respecting others, but ultimately having fun. A true alternative festival, where all the self-proclaimed weirdos and outsiders of the world can get together and have a party.”

Smashing Pumpkins last played the Bay area last October alongside Jane's Addiction, when Corgan spent hours before the show shopping for records in Seminole Heights.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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