Posted in music on May 9, 2014

Billy & Tommy in the studio (via)
Billy Corgan

Billy Corgan's current version of the Smashing Pumpkins plan to release two new albums in 2015, Monuments to an Elegy and Day for Night. The band has been without original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin for a few years now, but as you may have heard, all nine songs of the Monuments album will feature Billy & co. joined behind the kit by none other than Motley Crue drummer/Pamela Anderson sex tape partner Tommy Lee. Billy just elaborated more on that on the Pumpkins' website:

The notion to reach out to T Lee came from The Shredder, who in hearing me say 'we really need to get someone like Tommy to play on this song' said, "well, why don't we reach out to him?" And let me tell you something: I've had the fortune of being in the room with some of the all-time greats, and when you're that close to someone who is the best at what they do you gain insight into the way they are able to communicate to so many. Let's call it a universal language (which music is, obviously), and in applying it with heart/soul they present intangibles that give dimension and depth to a composition which otherwise would not be as kaleidoscopic.
Read the rest of the statement, which includes Billy calling the band "Supersonic Pumpkins" and comparing Tommy to John Bonham, below...


So on flying out a few weeks ago I presented T Lee with the idea, played him all the songs that I'd worked hard to finish, and discussed the way we'd be most comfortable finding common ground in the studio. Which explains the rush to prepare the arrangements for him to drum on, and also our keeping the work under wraps; so that nothing and nobody could influence the process.

I'm also happy to report that not only did we have a blast, but the 9 'MONUMENTS' songs sound epic in a way that is indescribable. I guess I could toss off hyperbole after pronoun, but it would sell short what I like to call 'Supersonic Pumpkins'; which is a descriptor in itself. Tommy hits the drums in a crushing manner, but as many fans know this is not without nuance or reaction; as he has a fantastic ear for music and plays with the songs in a means that only enhances excitement. The only other place I've heard this phenomena is with John Bonham of Led Zeppelin: where heavy drums can sound soft and expressive. Good company indeed!

As for the connection, I first met Tommy way back in 1991 when he came to one of our shows, and through the years we've run into each other many times at various places. So the coupling is not as odd as some might assume, as he, like I, has pushed into embracing new technologies, electronics, etc where it pertains to making new sounds. He is a wonderful, warm person to be around, and I wouldn't have come to him with this proposition if I didn't trust that this was something we'd both be proud of. So we expect to finish up the drums in a few weeks, seeing as we're in a rush to get this stuff out and oh yeah, Tommy's got this mega-Crue tour to do.

Let me also add on a personal and public level that I'm truly excited, for there's an excitement in the music that is vital and necessary; especially when you consider what's dying on the vine out there. I believe this is soul music we're making, and I'm proud of who I'm stuck in the foxhole with. Attack, attack, attack...




Comments (24)

i hear tommy is really into LaMonte Young.

Posted by vince n. | May 9, 2014 4:33 PM

Oh fuck Billy just shut the fuck up already

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 4:36 PM

b corgan never not trolling

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 4:37 PM

Seriously, what does that first paragraph even mean?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 4:37 PM

The notion to reach out to Tommy Lee came to him during a brainstorming session on how to suck even more.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 4:48 PM

Can you really capture, aurally, Tommy playing drums while spinning upside down in his cage?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 5:13 PM

^ lol

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 5:14 PM

This is not post city boy music.

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | May 9, 2014 5:32 PM

Ha ha Mr. Fukface is a Smashing Pumpkins fan !!!! LOLOLOLOL

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 5:43 PM

Hey come on city boy. There's enough tunes for everyone (sha la la.)

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | May 9, 2014 6:44 PM

get bent

Posted by blayne | May 9, 2014 6:49 PM

has-been x 2

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 8:58 PM

10pm :: The Dardys live at Bruar Falls
$5 (free with flyer and beer-shot combo)

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 10:03 PM

"Pamela Anderson sex tape partner"

- Brooklyn Tabl0idz

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2014 12:35 AM

Who dis bitch is

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2014 2:41 AM

Hmmm. Early onset Alzheimers?

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2014 9:21 AM

if you touch tommys stick you get hepatitis.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2014 1:34 PM

Leave Uncle Fester alone!

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2014 3:05 PM

he's working w ex cops now on new album

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2014 3:24 PM

Why does everyone give this 90's whiner so much press? Who cares what artless Billy is doing? His songs once rose above the pack of below average corporate puke. Once. Never again. Is there a pill for forgetting he and SP ever happened?

Posted by JC | May 10, 2014 11:12 PM


You are a little gay boy faggo.

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2014 12:04 PM

Has Corgan ever even heard Bonham? What an ass.

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2014 3:56 PM

I cancelled Mogwai for Night 12 of CityFest 2014. This sonofagun thought he was going to judge the BEST CITY GAL SPORTS FAN contest. I handle that one myself Mogwai, ya skunk. Give me static...

Posted by Mr Foot Fetish | May 12, 2014 4:34 PM

Why do people make a fuss about "Billy Corgan's version of the Smashing Pumpkins?" He wrote 95% of material, played almost all the parts on two of bands classic albums. Do people really give a shit that James Iha and D'arcy aren't there looking bored?

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2014 4:53 PM

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