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INGLEWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 08: Billy Corgan of the band The Smashing Pumpkins performs on stage during the KROQ Absolut Almost Acoustic Christmas at The Forum on December 8, 2018 in Inglewood, California (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for KROQ/Entercom)

On first glance, Guns N’ Roses and Smashing Pumpkins seem to be odd tourmates. One comes from the Sunset Strip, the other from the late ’80s alt-rock scene. But they have a lot in common: both bands are run by frontmen with off-the-charts talent and iron wills. Both are heavily influenced by Queen — and that influence helped them to transcend their respective scenes.

And no one expected to Axl Rose to invite Slash and Duff McKagan back into Guns N Roses; likewise, no one thought that Billy Corgan would bring Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha back into Smashing Pumpkins.

Now both bands will be sharing the stage at a handful of U.S. shows. See the dates below.

July 8 – Citizens Bank Park -Philadelphia
July 11 -Comerica Park -Detroit
July 13 -Rogers Centre – Toronto
July 16 – Nationals Park Washington, DC
July 18 – Metlife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ
July 21 – Fenway Park – Boston

Tickets go on sale to the general public for North American dates starting Friday, February 7 at 12pm local time at LiveNation.com.

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