Billy Corgan will never leave. Whether it's building his own tea shop, or promoting professional wrestling around Chicago, Corgan frequently finds his way into the public eye in curious fashion. (For what it's worth, he left Resistance Pro Wrestling some time ago.) Luckily, he's back in vogue for Smashing Pumpkins' new "In Plainsong" tour, which consists of exclusively acoustic sets backed with electronic soundscapes.

Billy Corgan will never leave. Whether it's building his own tea shop, or promoting professional wrestling around Chicago, Corgan frequently finds his way into the public eye in curious fashion. (For what it's worth, he left Resistance Pro Wrestling some time ago.) Luckily, he's back in vogue for Smashing Pumpkins' new "In Plainsong" tour, which consists of exclusively acoustic sets backed with electronic soundscapes.

Based on concert snippets pirated to the Internet, the acoustic aspect doesn't come heavy-handed. The energy seems comparable to what you'd expect at a normal Pumpkins show, except maybe those before the year 2000. Corgan is a true entertainer, even leading the band into some cover songs here and there that serve as edge-of-your-seat surprises. Anyone attending this show understands that catching the Pumpkins in any format is an extraordinary experience - far from a run-of-the-mill club show from some band of young bucks.

For this tour, you actually can't (and shouldn't) ignore the opening act. The '90s nostalgia fest kicks off with a set from Liz Phair, who's on her first tour in nearly six years (!). Forgive the peculiarity of the opener/headliner dichotomy and just be stoked you might catch both "Why Can't I?" and "1979" live on the same night.