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Billy Corgan, Dave Navarro Launch Tour in California


Smashing Pumpkins main man Billy Corgan launched his latest endeavor, Spirits in the Sky, last night at the tiny, 225-capacity Cellar Door in Visalia, California, with Jane’s Addiction axeman Dave Navarro, fresh from his band’s massive tour with Nine Inch Nails, joining in on guitar.

There’s very little information available about the new songs Corgan played last night, save for a few bad cellphone videos and a diligent live-blog account over at Pumpkins fansite Hipsters Unite. The band played 17 songs, with the only familiar jams being “Song for a Son,” which the Pumpkins played on tour last year, and a cover of the Velvet Underground’s “Femme Fatale.”

Perhaps the best take away from last night is a segment that aired on Fresno’s local ABC affiliate, Action News 30, where reporter Amanda Perez checks out the show, talks to fans in line, and interviews Corgan himself — primarily about antique shopping in the small Fresno suburb. It’s a must-watch — scroll down to view. will be reviewing tomorrow night’s Spirit of the Sky show in Long Beach, California. Check back Saturday for a full review.

WATCH: Billy Corgan on Action News 30