Entries tagged with: Billy Corgan
Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland passed away yesterday, and was honored in tweets by Dave Navarro, Krist Novoselic, and more. Today, another '90s alt-rock musician wrote a long eulogy for him, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. He posted it to the Pumpkins' website, and it reads:
Having just woken to the news of this passing, I feel compelled to put pen to paper and pay my respects to Scott. And in that I will not pretend to know more than I know, or add some sad homily to how he loved his life. At least in that, may I now say he is undoubtably in the arms of grace and eternal love.Pavement, who took digs at both the Pumpkins and STP in "Range Life," wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post: "Rest peacefully Scott Weiland. In no way shape or form did we ever want to add to your misery."
May I also offer my humble condolences to his family, friends, and band mates; who have, and are, suffering this great loss. For when anyone as vaunted leaves far too soon, we mourn all that might have been.
As any fan, I find myself reflecting on what I do have in my own treasure chest: in scarce moments where Scott and I spoke as contemporaries or competitors, and got to know each as people other past the footlights and shadows we were so busy casting to the world. It may seem trite in reflection, but I'd try to make him giggle when I saw that the manic whirl of the dumb parties we were at (in Hollywood, no less!) might be causing undue stress.
It was, I'd guess you'd say, my way of apology for having been so critical of STP when they appeared on the scene like some crazy, man-fueled rocket. And not only was the knight up front freshly handsome to a fault, but he could sing too! As any supreme actor gives a real and different voice to each character played.
It was STP's 3rd album that had got me hooked, a wizardly mix of glam and post-punk, and I confessed to Scott, as well as the band many times, how wrong I'd been in assessing their native brilliance. And like Bowie can and does, it was Scott's phrasing that pushed his music into a unique, and hard to pin down, aesthetic sonicsphere.
Lastly, I'd like to share a thought which though clumsy, I hope would please Scott In Hominum. And that is if you asked me who I truly believed were the great voices of our generation, I'd say it were he, Layne [Staley], and Kurt [Cobain].
So it goes beyond tragedy to say it is we who lost them, and not the other way round...
Stone Temple Pilots also posted a statement:
Dear Scott,As did his other band Velvet Revolver (with Slash and Duff from Guns N Roses):
Let us start by saying thank you for sharing your life with us.
Together we crafted a legacy of music that has given so many people happiness and great memories.
The memories are many, and they run deep for us.
We know amidst the good and the bad you struggled, time and time again.
It's what made you who you were.
You were gifted beyond words, Scott.
Part of that gift was part of your curse.
With deep sorrow for you and your family, we are saddened to see you go.
All of our love and respect.
We will miss you brother,
Robert, Eric, Dean
We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of our old friend and bandmate, Scott Weiland. We experienced a good chunk of life with Scott, and even in his darkest times, we all had hope and love for him. His artistry will live on, of that, there is no doubt.Scott Weiland's three final shows were last week in NYC, NJ and Long Island. You can watch videos of them.
Deepest condolences and sadness are for his children, Noah and Lucy. We all travelled around this world together on tour; our band, wives, and kids...and we grew to a big family that still remains to this day.
It's just so sad and brutal from any perspective.
Rest In Peace Scott
Slash, Duff, Matt, and Dave
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Smashing Pumpkins at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Smashing Pumpkins are going on a tour this summer with Marilyn Manson, and they've got some pretty exciting news about it. Original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is back in the fold for the whole tour, USA Today reports. The band has more or less been Billy's solo project for years now, and to some extent that hasn't even really been worth complaining about, as Billy had been known to overdub his bandmates' parts during their classic era anyway. But one thing Billy's never been able to replace is Jimmy Chamberlin's killer drumming, and he knows it too. He tells USA Today:
You can't just grab somebody and say, 'Play drums on this Smashing Pumpkins song.' Jimmy's drum parts are so incredibly technical and nuanced that it's a very rare class of people that can step in and play.As of now, Jimmy's just on board for this tour. For future lineups, Billy plans on having different members come and go. "I want to run a business more like it's an open door," he says.
The tour hits the NYC-area on July 29 at PNC Bank Arts Center, July 31 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and August 2 at Susquehanna Bank Center. Tickets for those shows are still available.
Recently on the band's acoustic tour, they played a medley of all the Gish songs in three minutes. Watch a video of that, with the list of tour dates, below...
photo: Smashing Pumpkins at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Billy Corgan (I mean William) and Marilyn Manson publicly ended their 15-year beef this past December, and will be showing everyone how much they like each other now with a summer tour together. Billy's current version of the Smashing Pumpkins (whose 2014 album wasn't half bad) and Marilyn Manson (who some say is making a comeback this year) will tour North American amphitheaters together this summer.
The tour hits the NYC-area on July 29 at PNC Bank Arts Center, July 31 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and August 2 at Susquehanna Bank Center. Tickets for the shows are on Citi Cardmember presale now. Facebook, Ticketmaster, Live Nation and LN Mobile App presales begin Thursday (4/2) at 10 AM, and the general on-sale begins Friday (4/3) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, with a video of their recent on-stage collaboration, below...
Kim Gordon's new memoir Girl In A Band comes out next week (2/24), and it's seeming like it's gonna be pretty awesome (not that we would've thought otherwise). A few excerpts have come out where Kim has less-than-nice things to say about Lana Del Rey, Courtney Love, Billy Corgan, and her split with Thurston Moore. One also appeared where she had nice things to say about Kurt Cobain (whose birthday is today, happy birthday Kurt). Catch up on those excerpts below.
Today a new Billboard podcast came out where Kim reads a part from her memoir about Sonic Youth's final show, and she also debuts a new solo track, "Close Your Eyes," on the podcast. Listen to that below too (song starts at 18:29).
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Smashing Pumpkins released their not-half-bad new album, Monuments To An Elegy, this week, and Billy Corgan's current version of the band celebrated in NYC last night (12/8), their final of four release shows in different cities. For these shows, Billy was backed by current Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder, as well as Rage Against the Machine/Black Sabbath drummer Brad Wilk and The Killers bassist Mark Stoermer. Last night's intimate show (much smaller than 2012's Barclays Center show) included about half of the new album, and a handful of their '90s faves like "Bullet with Butterfly Wings," "Tonight, Tonight," "Disarm," "Hummer," "Silverfuck," "Zero" and "Drown" from the Singles soundtrack. Pictures of the show are in this post.
In other news, Billy Corgan has now publicly made up with Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson, following about 15 years of beef. Good year for Courtney Love ending beefs, having probably made up with Dave Grohl earlier this year too.
More pictures, a couple videos, and the setlist from Webster, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Rolling Stone posted their top albums of 2014, and their #1 pick -- U2's invasive Songs of Innocence -- pretty much became the laughing stock of music snob Twitter (not that we weren't guilty of that too). But who isn't a music snob these days?. Even CNN headlined "Huh? Rolling Stone says U2 has 2014's best album." The article says Rolling Stone is "often viewed as being less daring in its tastes than online rivals such as Pitchfork." That's old news, but I guess now we can add that it's less daring than CNN too?
And it's not the first time CNN have been music snobs this year. Anderson Cooper, presenter of CNN show Anderson Cooper 360, ridiculed Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan for posing with cats on the cover of no-kill animal shelter PAWS Chicago's magazine. On his show, he said:
So perhaps Billy Corgan is I don't know, off his alternative rocker, but I think maybe there's more to this. Maybe he's being ironic, or maybe when the cool rock stars start doing less rock starry things, it kind of makes us face our own mortality. See I want R.E.M. to stay just the way I know and love them, I don't want 'Everybody Hurts' to suddenly be used in an Excedrin commercial. I don't ever want to see a product called Eddie Vedder's Prune Jam. I want to see neither Stephen Malkmus nor Thom Yorke on the cover of AARP Magazine.In retaliation, the band sold shirts at their recent Chicago show that read "Fuck you Anderson Cooper" (pictured above). All proceeds from the shirts went to charity.
I wonder what Billy Corgan thinks of the new U2 album? He's openly a fan and has interviewed them. His own new Smashing Pumpkins album is out next week (12/9) and can be streamed in full now via iTunes Radio. Should Rolling Stone have waited for it to publish their year-end list? I mean they did put Foo Fighters and Weezer in the top 20.
Meanwhile, U2 and Rolling Stone's #2 pick Bruce Springsteen performed together in Times Square last night. You can watch a video of that (also including a set from Kanye West and more) below...
Smashing Pumpkins at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, The Smashing Pumpkins are releasing their new album Monuments To An Elegy on December 9, and they've now announced four release shows happening in Berlin, London, Paris and New York. The New York show happens December 8 at Webster Hall, a much more intimate NYC show than their last one here at Barclays center. For these shows, Billy Corgan and his current guitarist Jeff Schroeder will be joined by Rage Against the Machine/Black Sabbath drummer Brad Wilk and The Killers bassist Mark Stoermer. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Wednesday (11/19) at noon.
In addition to these release shows, the Pumpkins will also play 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!,' KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas concert in California, and the South American Lollapaloozas. All dates are listed, with three song streams from the new album, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Smashing Pumpkins at Barclays Center in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
You've already heard two songs from Billy Corgan's new Smashing Pumpkins album with Tommy Lee on drums, and now a third called "Tiberius" has come out, via Vice. It's the poppiest of the three, as you can hear for yourself below.
Meanwhile, Corgan and current Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder joined former New Order/Joy Division bassist Peter Hook at the Chicago stop of his tour playing New Order albums on Saturday. (The Smiths' Andy Rourke joined him in NYC for "True Faith.") They assisted him on lead vocals for a version of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart." You can watch a video of that, via NME, below.
Smashing Pumpkins at Barclays Center in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
You've already heard "Being Beige" from Billy Corgan and Tommy Lee's new Smashing Pumpkins album, Monuments To An Elegy (due 12/9), and now they've put out another single "One and All." It's a little more on their heavier side than the last single, and you can check it out (via Huffington Post) below.
by Andrew Sacher
'Monuments To An Elegy' Artwork
Billy Corgan's set to release a new Smashing Pumpkins album (with Tommy Lee on drums) called Monuments To An Elegy on December 9, and its first single "Being Beige" is out now via Rolling Stone. While we're probably never getting another Siamese Dream, this definitely doesn't sound bad. It's a nice mid-tempo rocker that would fit next to some of the stuff he did in Zwan.
Ex Cops are back with their second album, Daggers, which is out October 28 via their new label home, Downtown. (Their debut was on Other Music.) The shift in labels also marks a shift in sound: Amalie Bruun and Brian Harding worked with producer Justin Raisen (Sky Ferriera, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue) on the album which was also "executive produced" by Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan. Gone is the understated vibe of their debut. Says Harding, "We are not afraid of our favorite music anymore. It's pop." Stream the very poppy, very big-sounding "Black Soap" from the album, and check out the LP tracklist, below....
Billy & Tommy in the studio (via)
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...
by Andrew Sacher
Danzig & Cherie Currie in LA - 8/30/13
Former Runaways singer Cherie Currie has been talking for a few years now about releasing the followup to her only solo album, 1978's Beauty's Only Skin Deep (not including the 1980 collaboration with her sister Marie, Messin' with the Boys or the 1988 Young and Wild compilation), and though a release date still hasn't been announced, we are now one step closer. "Mr. X", the first single from the new album, which you've maybe heard on the radio, is making its online premiere in this post. Listen below.
Like her former bandmate Joan Jett's new album, "Mr. X" is pretty much exactly the kind of catchy hard rock you'd expect from a Runaways member, and to get that in 2013 is not a bad thing at all. And if Cherie's anthemic choruses aren't enough, the song's also got a rippin' guitar solo from Slash, plus his Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver bandmates Duff McKagan (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums) are on it too. Matt also produced the record, which also features guest appearances from Billy Corgan and Juliette Lewis.
As discussed, Cherie has also been touring this year. The next leg starts in NYC on November 6 at Gramercy Theatre with MIss Guy (who we recently quoted in a sad post about Codie Ravioli). Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates, which include other NYC-area shows, are listed below.
Cherie's tour hit LA back in August, where she teamed up with Danzig for one of the dates on his ongoing 25th anniversary tour (Doyle included). The show was one of the last-ever shows at the historic Gibson Ampitheatre, which closed its doors in September. (He also inadvertently played one of the final Roseland Ballroom shows earlier this month in NYC.) Being that it was the final Danzig show at the venue, he "wanted to add someone special," so he had Cherie come out to join him on a cover of the Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra duet "Some Velvet Morning." That cover was also recorded and may or may not appear on Danzig's upcoming covers album. Back in April, he told Loudwire:
My idea of covers is that you should never cover a song and do it exactly like the artist because everyone's always going to compare it to the way the original artists did it and they're just going to go "Oh I like the original better." I wanted to make it my own and take it in a different direction, maybe a different direction they didn't really think of at the time or would never think of because I have a much different background than they do.So stay tuned for more info on that. Meanwhile, watch a video of Danzig and Cherie doing "Some Velvet Morning" at the LA show and listen to the studio version, below.
There's a ton of other cool covers on there, I did a lot of covers people wouldn't think I would do like 'Biker' soundtrack theme song that I made crazy, there's a Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra cover on there and I had Cherie Currie come down and sing the Nancy Sinatra part.
She's really cool and has a great voice and it was just awesome and I wanted to keep that cool, older, '70s vibe because the Misfits came on the tail end of the '70s and I wanted to keep that vibe. The managers and lots of other people suggested the new alternative girls and I was like, "That's not what I want and here's who I'm thinking of" and they were like "What?" and it's fantastic, she did such a great job.
Updated tour dates are listed, along with the "Mr. X" stream and the Danzig video, below...
Smashing Pumpkins founder and frontman Billy Corgan is the latest star to speak out against the cruel practice of dehorning cattle. Billy is calling on California Pizza Kitchen to make the responsible and ethical decision to demand that its cheese suppliers stop this barbaric mutilation.Billy Corgan says:
I have viewed the photos and watched PETA's investigative video of these procedures, and I was appalled to see young calves who struggled and writhed in pain as searing hot irons burned their heads. The industry has noted that the burns are so severe that they may damage the underlying bone. Other practices, which include using caustic chemicals to eat away at the horn-bud flesh via a chemical burn, are no better. ... I strongly urge you to take immediate action to stop this unspeakable barbarism by requiring your suppliers to phase out dehorning.PETA points out that you can also write to California Pizza Kitchen to urge its cheese suppliers to stop dehorning. Very disturbing video below...
BEAUTIFUL NOISE is an in-depth exploration of a music movement in the late 20th century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself.Legendary shoegaze/dream pop bands My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and The Jesus and Mary Chain are subject of new documentary, Beautiful Noise, who have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money for the film to be distributed in film festivals and released on DVD/Blu-Ray (via Pitchfork). In addition to those three bands, the film will feature interviews with/appearances by members of other shoegaze pioneers like Ride, Slowdive, Lush, Curve, Swervedriver, Medicine, Pale Saints, and more, plus appearances by Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, and Robert Smith, and performance videos (and some interviews) with current bands like Sigur Ros, M83, A Place to Bury Strangers, Grouper, Serena Maneesh, and others. The Kickstarter campaign has reached just over $17,000 of its $75,000 goal as of this post, and is open until December 15. More info and rewards details at the documentary's Kickstarter project page.
Although many of the people interviewed are notoriously press shy they have opened up about their music and experiences from over 20 years ago; how they defied the rules and became sonic innovators that have inspired so many.
Currently the documentary is in the final stages for worldwide release, and we need your help to raise the $75,000 to pay for limited run licensing and finishing costs to distribute in Film Festivals and on DVD/Blu-Ray.
This documentary will finally be released only if the fans of this music believe in this project and contribute.
This comes shortly after the news that My Bloody Valentine plans to release an album by the end of the year.
Campaign video below...
Yeasayer in Austin earlier this month (more by Tim Griffin)
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
Bat For Lashes is releasing her new album, The Haunted Man, on October 21. Back in July, she revealed the first album cut, "Laura," and today she's let loose a second taste of the album. Continuing a trend thus far of naming songs after women's names, this one's called "Marilyn." You can stream it below.
The final track on the new Lower Dens album, Nootropics, has become the inspiration for a new beer brewed by Stillwater Artisanal Brewing for their new Stillwater Sensory Series. The beer is called "Stillwater Artisanal, Sensory Series v.1 - Lower Dens" and will be out this November with a QR code on each bottle that leads to an exclusive video of Lower Dens performing the song when scanned.
Smashing Pumpkins at iHeartRadio Theater in June (more by Theo Wargo)
Back in June, The Smashing Pumpkins released Oceania, their first full length album since 2007 and first with the band's current lineup of Billy Corgan, Jeff Schroeder, Nicole Fiorentino, and Mike Byrne. Around that time they also played a few shows in support of it including the tiny iHeartRadio Theater show in NYC. Now they're set to take the album to much larger venues on 'The Oceania Tour,' where they'll be performing material from the "new album Oceania as well as their classic songs." The Canadian leg of the tour has already been announced, and the band have revealed the US cities (but not venues and dates) that they'll hit as well. A full list of venues and dates is to come, but meanwhile, we know that they'll be in NYC for a show at Brooklyn's new Barclays Center on Halloween (10/31). (We'll leave you to make holiday/name-appropriate jokes.) Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, August 31 at 10 AM, and Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets on Monday, August 27 through the Citi Private Pass website. VIP tickets will also be available at the Smashing Pumpkins website. A list of all dates and US cities (including Camden, NJ, where the Susquehanna Bank Center is located) is below.
In other news, after recently calling out Radiohead, Billy Corgan took to an interview with PhilStar to call out some of his old favorites, Soundgarden (and of course another mention of Pavement). Billy said:
There are those bands that are essentially coming back only to make money -- playing their old albums, and maybe somewhere in the back of their minds they're thinking there might be a future.In related news, ex-Smashing Pumpkin James Iha will be going on his own tour this fall and coming to the NYC area on October 5 at Mercury Lounge (tickets) and October 6 at Maxwell's (tickets).
I am not in that business, obviously. I condemn anybody who's in that business but doesn't admit (he's) in that business. When Soundgarden came back and they just played their old songs, great. I was a fan of Soundgarden, but call it for what it is. They're just out there to have one more round at the till; same with Pavement and these other bands.
A list of all Smashing Pumpkins dates and a video of the band playing "The Celestials" at iHeartRadio Theater in June are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha released his second solo LP, Look to the Sky, earlier this year and it was the followup to his 1998 LP, Let it Come Down. That's the covert art above. You can check out the video for album track, "To Who Knows Where," below.
James will be playing some shows in support of the album this year. A full tour hasn't been announced at the moment, but we know he'll make his way to the NYC area for shows on October 5 at Mercury Lounge and October 6 at Maxwell's. Tickets for the Mercury show and the Maxwell's show go on sale Friday (7/27) at noon. An AmEx presale starts Wednesday (7/25) at noon for the Mercury Lounge show. All currently known dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, former Pumpkins bandmate Billy Corgan, who continues to lead the group with new members, is unhappy with James. In an interview with Howard Stern from this past June (which you can listen to below), BIlly spoke about the first time James recorded a solo album back in '98 saying:
He never consulted me. He never asked even for my advice as a friend, like 'what do you think of these songs?' As soon as I heard the album, I had about 40 comments for him that I thought would've improved his album. Because I would've been the friend that would've said you could use a better lyric there. I would probably would have even shadow wrote some of the stuff for him and never would have said a word because I would want him, even just for the business, to make a good album.He continued saying the last time he saw James was in New York about a week after 9/11 and about six months after the Pumpkins initially broke up, but that "as soon as [James] saw [Billy] he split." Billy was also recently interviewed by NME (via GrungeReport) and is quoted saying, "James Iha I think is just a piece of shit. I think he's one of the worst human beings I've ever met in my life." Damn.
Let's say you're the next Kurt Cobain. You will be appropriated on your first album by the Pitchfork community. Your record company will rally round that idea because that's your marketing platform. But the minute you're in that world you're frozen. Those Pitchfork people are very much about social codes, about whether you're wearing the right t-shirt. That orthodoxy is no different than the rigidity of the football team at school. You can't break the social order if you're preaching to the choir - and the choir already has cool haircuts!Sounds like bad news for the Kurt Cobain loving, Best New Music earning DIIV.
A list of all currently known dates and videos below...
photos by Theo Wargo for Getty Images
Smashing Pumpkins at iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son 6/20/12
Smashing Pumpkins (Billy Corgan, Jeff Schroeder, Mike Byrne, Nicole Fiorentino) played an intimate, invite/contest-only, record release show at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son in NYC last night (6/19). Pictures and the setlist from that event are in this post. Did you go? How was it?
If you weren't able to corner Billy Corgan for an autograph last night (we've got video of that below) and that happens to be your thing, then scoot on down to J&R Music World today (6/20) to get your copy of their new LP Oceania signed. The signing starts at 6PM.
So far no new US tour dates from alternative rock's version of Paul Heyman and his latest batch of Pumpkin-ites, but you can catch them in Australia and East Asia at the dates, along with the rest of the pictures and the setlist, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Smashing Pumpkins at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Jen Maier)
Billy Corgan's current version of The Smashing Pumpkins (he's the only original member) are set to release their new album, Oceania, next week (6/19) and it's streaming for the week leading up to its release on iTunes. BIlly says it's the band's best record since Mellon Collie. I wouldn't go that far, especially because the overly show-offy drummer makes me long for anything with Jimmy Chamberlain in the band, but it's somewhat refreshing to hear Billy's voice on a batch of new songs, and the writing isn't half bad.
The Pumpkins will be in NYC on the day of the album's release, June 19 for a show at the P.C. Richard & Son iHeartRadio Theater. It's an intimate/private show (200 people) and you can enter for a chance to be there by "liking" this P.C. Richard & Son facebook app. All dates including a Chicago show this week, are listed below.
In other news, Billy Corgan is finally making a pro-wrestling reality TV show. ProWrestling.net reports:
Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins joined Mister Saint Laurent on MLW Radio to discuss his new wrestling company, Resistance Pro, as well as his upcoming album, Oceania. He also revealed that he intends to launch a reality TV show about what it's like running a wrestling organization.Bleacher Report will be posting a new video about Billy's wrestling endeavors every Tuesday for the next month (starting today). Watch part 1 below, along with a list of all dates...
"I'm doing a lot of behind the scenes stuff. We're trying to get a reality show made," Corgan said. "We just signed a deal with a big reality show producer. A guy with an incredible track record. We're in good hands."
"We believe that wrestling is fascinating on many many levels. Socially, politically, even economically. The struggles independent wrestlers go through to try to find work. Those are real struggles that anybody can identify with. We want to show what goes on in a wrestling company behind the scenes.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"This is the craziest time for The Smashing Pumpkins since the mid-'90s," says Billy Corgan over a cup of tea in his dressing room at New York's Terminal 5. "We just finished Oceania, but we don't know when it's coming out. We don't have management, and we don't have a record label. We don't know what we're doing or when we're doing it." [Music Radar]Billy Corgan brought the latest iteration of Smashing Pumpkins to Terminal 5 in NYC on Tuesday (10/18), part of an ongoing October tour. More pictures & the setlist below...
Ray Davies has a new LP on the way entitled See My Friends due on November 1st. The release will see The Kinks frontman pairing with multiple bands to re-record, and sometimes re-imagine, Kinks songs. And these bands have names like Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Spoon, Black Francis, Metallica, Mumford & Sons... and the legendary Alex Chilton (RIP).
"This project came about almost by accident," says Davies of the project, which was kick-started when he recorded a version of 'Till The End Of The Day' in the summer of 2009, with Alex Chilton.The full list of collaborators is below.
Davies is getting back on the road as well, though so far he just has scattered dates in Europe, and a newly-announced show in the United States. He'll be performing his 2009 LP The Kinks Choral Collection with the Dessoff Chamber Choir at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on November 26th. Tickets go on sale at noon today (10/8). NYC got that show in 2009.
All dates, the See My Friends tracklisting, and some video are below...
"Umm, why is my phone lighting up today??? I appreciate the attention but I'm totally fine. And Knoxville we will rock you tonight full tilt!" - Billy Corgan
"Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan collapsed on stage during a gig in Florida on Thursday night.Smashing Pumpkins play a sold out show at Terminal 5 on Monday. Video of last night's collapse, and other recent tour videos, below...
During the band's performance of 1995 hit single Bullet With Butterfly Wings, the star fell to the ground.
Writing on Twitter later that night, the musician said: "That wasn't a stage move or clumsiness. That was me blacking out and wiping out."
The 43-year-old, who said he was bruised by the fall, gave no explanation for his collapse." [BBC]
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"The Smashing Pumpkins" are playing a string of "intimate" shows this July.
"The decision to play intimate venues keeps in line with the Pumpkins' "long-standing tradition of trying to start up new tours at smaller venues because it allows the band the opportunity to take some chances musically," explains Billy."At those shows, the band (Billy Corgan plus guitarist Jeff Schroeder, drummer Mike Byrne and new bassist Nicole Fiorentino) will play "a balance of classics, a few obscure ones, and new 'Teargarden' material." Teargarden is the band's 11 EP project that'll eventually be collected as the 44-song work Teargarden By Kaleidyscope. The first of those four-song EPs, Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Vol.1: Songs for a Sailor, recently came out on Martha's Music/Rocket Science Ventures and is available above for free. You can also stream it below.
Billy Corgan & bassist Nicole Fiorentino
The NYC date is July 26th at Terminal 5 and an American Express ticket presale for that show will start Friday, June 11th at 10am. Public sale happens Monday, June 14th at 11am.
The Smashing Pumpkins tour Japan in August, and the band writes that they "plan to tour South America and Australia in 2010 and hope to return to the U.S. later this year." All of their currently announced tour dates, more info on the EP and a streaming player for it, are below...
Billy Corgan former friend who used to hold a working relationship with Courtney Love is saying that he forbids her to release any songs they worked on together. "[If she does release them] it would be a real big problem, because I haven't given my permission," he tells Rolling Stone. Love has recently reunited her band, Hole for the release of the Nobody's Daughter album, to be released later this year preceded by the single, "Samantha." Corgan continued: "I have no interest in supporting her in any way, shape or form. You can't throw enough things down the abyss with a person like that." [Groovevolt]Tickets are now on AmEx and "radio" presale for the Hole show at Terminal 5 (password = 1019RXP).