Smashing Pumpkins Push Back Philippines Concert Due to Storms
The Smashing Pumpkins have postponed tonight's (Aug. 7) concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines due to monsoon-like torrential rains that have caused flooding and landslides in the region. The gig is instead now scheduled to take place at the same time and in the same place on Wednesday, Aug. 8.
"I'm happy to report thanks to our great crew and with the helpful assistance of Manila promoter we have rescheduled our show for tomorrow," frontman Billy Corgan wrote in a Twitter post. "The safety of our fans is always a huge priority," he added in a follow-up post. "With 24 long hours delay our 1st Manila show will be at same arena, same time tomorrow!!"
"[Smashing Pumpkins] has the best fans in the world and we didn't want anyone taking any chances," Corgan wrote in a third tweet. "Manila you are worth the wait ... Lots of love/be safe."
However, the delay may not be long enough. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated across the nation, but thousands more remain stranded on roofs and in homes without food or fresh water. Nine people have been killed in Manila alone, and more rain is in the forecast for the capital at least through Wednesday.
If the gig does go on as scheduled on Wednesday, "All tickets will be honored tomorrow," reads a statement from publicist Loie Barreto. "We thank you all for your understanding and support.”