|Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins answers questions from the media in Manila. Photo by Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN News
MANILA, Philippines -- Even before the start of The Smashing Pumpkins' one-night-only concert in Manila tonight, August 8, frontman Billy Corgan already promised his fans that the band will return to the country soon.
"For all the fans who CANNOT come tonight due to the weather, we will come back again soon. We have been treated so well, and we thank you," Corgan said in his official Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon.
The concert was originally set for Tuesday night but had to be rescheduled to today because of the non-stop rains that have caused massive flooding in many parts of Metro Manila.
"SP (Smashing Pumpkins) has the best fans in the world and we didn't want anyone taking any chances. Manila you are worth the wait to US. Lots of love/be safe," Corgan tweeted on Tuesday, after announcing a one-day postponement.
Corgan and the rest of the band are already at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City and Corgan even tweeted a couple of photos.
"View from front of house. This arena is where they held incredible ALI-FRAZIER fight, Thrilla in Manila 1975!" he said.
Fans vowed to brave the floods to see tonight's show.
"Hey I'm going to brave the rain to watch the show tonight. Will you please play '1979' and 'Stand Inside Your Love'? Please?" Lei Europa asked Corgan through Twitter.
"Manila will still give you a good time! Come back soon!" said Mariel A.
The Grammy-winning band arrived in Manila on Sunday and even had a press conference on Monday, where Corgan said he has been surrounded by Filipino culture in Chicago.
"It's humbling to be in a place where you already have great respect for the culture," he said, according to ABS-CBN Star Patroller Ginger Conejero.
Corgan also noted that Filipinos seem to "play a lot" of music from the '70s duo The Carpenters.
Corgan, who is the only remaining original member of the band, also discussed the changes in the group, which now includes bassist Nicole Fiorentino, guitarist Jeff Schroeder, and drummer Mike Byrne.
"We have musical respect and personal respect for one another, which is something that might have been missing with my previous bandmates," he said.
He also advised new artists not to "dumb yourself down" and "be an individual and stick out."
Whatever happens tonight, Manila has already made its mark on Corgan.
"For those not here the best way to explain what's happening in Manila is it has rained crazy for five days straight. Worst I've ever seen," he said on Wednesday.