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“The positive reaction to what we’re doing right now musically and the emotion coming off the stage has just lit a fire back up,” says Billy Corgan — guitarist, vocalist and sole remaining original member of alternative titans The Smashing Pumpkins. “I haven’t seen a reaction to the band like this probably since the mid-’90s.”

History has once again begun to shed a favorable light on the recently re-formed Chicago band, who rocketed to fame during the alternative-music boom of the 1990s and topped charts worldwide before imploding at the turn of the millennium.

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