MTV Latin America Announces Rock Icons The Smashing Pumpkins as First Confirmed Band for MTV World Stage Mexico

Jul 13, 2010
By ViacomCBS Staff

The Show Will Air Friday, September 17th on MTV Latin America and Friday, October 8th on More Than 64 MTVs Around The Globe

MTV Latin America announced today that rock icons, The Smashing Pumpkins, are set to perform at MTV World Stage Mexico. The international event will be taped on August 26th at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City. The show will air Friday, September 17th on MTV Latin America during Mexico's week long Bicentennial celebration. The show will also air on more than 64 MTV channels in over 155 territories around the globe, date to be confirmed. Additional performers and show details will be announced shortly.

MTV World Stage is a free ticket to some of the world's most exclusive concerts performed in unique locations around the world. Whether in Athens, Rome, London, Brazil, Mexico, Kula Lampur or Tokyo, every Friday night is "live music night" on MTV as fans in 155 countries are transported to front row seats somewhere in the world to experience their favorite recording artists. Since launching in 2009, the high definition series has featured dozens of international recording artists including Shakira, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas, Green Day, Gorillaz, Muse and Arctic Monkeys, among others.

"MTV World Stage is an incredible musical event that showcases the best international artists on a global scale," commented Jesus Lara, Senior Vice President, Music and Talent for MTV Networks Latin America and Tr3s. "Audiences in Mexico have shared a deep connection with The Smashing Pumpkins for many years, so we are extremely excited to have them join us at this event on this historic occasion. We are certain that their participation will deliver unforgettable moments and an incredible musical experience."

The Smashing Pumpkins are an alternative rock band founded in 1988 in Chicago, Illinois. Current band members include Billy Corgan (guitar and vocals), Mike Byrne (drums), Nicole Fiorentino (bass) and Jeff Schroeder (guitar). With more than 30 million records sold, they are considered among the most popular and highest-selling rock acts. They reached mainstream fame in the 90s with their multi-platinum second album, Siamese Dream (1993). However, it was their 1995 release, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadnessthat propelled them to rock superstardom with hit singles such as "Tonight, Tonight", "1979", "Zero" and "Bullet with Butterfly Wings." That release was certified nine times platinum in the U.S. alone.

The Smashing Pumpkins have been nominated for various international awards and have received two GRAMMYs®. In 1996, the band took home seven 'Moonmen' at the MTV VMAs for their videos for "1979" and "Tonight, Tonight", including Video of the Year for the latter.

In 2009, they announced Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, an epic album comprised of 44 tracks, released one-by-one, free of charge, through their website. The band is currently promoting their fifth release off this work, titled "Freak".

MTV Networks Latin America, US Hispanic & Canada, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), owns and operates the company's portfolio of entertainment brands which include MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and their respective properties in Spanish speaking Latin America as well as Viacom Networks Brazil. Additionally, the portfolio includes Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas in the US, which targets a broad US Hispanic audience, and MTV Networks International's programming partnerships in Canada with Corus Entertainment for Nickelodeon and CTV Globe Media for MTV, Comedy Central and Vh1. The company's emerging multiplatform businesses include MTVNHD and Red Viacom in Latin America as well as VH1HD in Brazil. MTV Networks Latin America, US Hispanic and Canada also serve the growing number of digitally connected consumers via its websites:,,,,, and as well as through its broadband and community sites:, and