Smashing Pumpkins just won't go away

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After a year and a half of avoiding Chicago following their first reunion gig in Paris, Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and the hired hands just can’t get enough of the Great Pumpkin’s old stomping grounds.

The band has added a final show to its Chicago run, performing at the Aragon Ballroom on Sunday Dec. 7, the day before its Dec. 8 rescheduling of the Auditorium Theatre “White Crosses” show that the group canceled last Saturday because Corgan was feeling ill.

Promoters Jam Productions say the Aragon gig will break from the alternating two-part “Black Sunshine”/”White Crosses” set lists to deliver “a real barn-burnin’ close-out of their 2008 tour” with “a unique stand-alone mix of songs.”

No word on whether or not Corgan will include one of his performance-art monologues berating the paying customers and longtime fans.

General admission tickets for the Aragon show go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday at $45 each plus the usual egregious Ticketmaster convenience fees through www.ticketmaster.com or (312) 559-1212.

Um, William, if you were trying to make good to your most loyal fans for the canceled show and the conceptual harangues that nobody understood (and which some people took very personally), doncha think it would have been a more moving gesture to play a free show like the one at the World way back when?

Oh, well — Happy Thanksgiving.

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