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Change your concert plans. Smashing Pumpkins aren’t coming to Boise after all

Billy Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins performs at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y., in 2015.
Billy Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins performs at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y., in 2015. Invision/AP

Emptiness is loneliness, and loneliness is cleanliness, and cleanliness is godliness, and God is empty — just like the Ford Idaho Center will be Sept. 7.

The Smashing Pumpkins concert scheduled for that date has been canceled.

Why? “Due to unavoidable routing changes,” according to promoter Live Nation. “All other dates of the summer outing are still scheduled as originally planned,” according to a press release. “All tickets purchased via IC Tickets will be automatically refunded. For questions call 208-442-3232.”

Nationwide, ticket sales to the Pumpkins’ Shiny and Oh So Bright reunion tour reportedly have been soft. An article stating as much is where I shamelessly stole, er, borrowed that clever “Zero” lyrics lede. (Kudos to the AV Club writer. It cracks me up every time.)

The Idaho Center show already had sold thousands of tickets, though. Was it enough to be significantly profitable? Got me. But tour routing can be tricky, so fans’ natural assumption that organizers are pulling wool over our eyes may or may not be accurate. The day after the Pumpkins were supposed to play Nampa, questionable tour routing takes them 831 miles away to Calgary, Canada. That’s a serious haul, particularly when you’re crossing a nation’s border with tons of production equipment.

This reasoning probably won’t “Disarm” skeptical critics of the Pumpkins cancellation, but whatever. When it comes to once-in-a lifetime concerts, we’ve got it good here in Boise, anyway.

Where else can you go see Cheap Trick rock a golf course stage?

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