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REFORMED Smashing Pumpkins ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
After announcing the reunion of (most of) the band’s classic Nineties line-up earlier this year, Smashing Pumpkins will be releasing a new studio album by the end of 2018.
Billy Corgan, who rounded up Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha (but not D’Arcy Wretzky) for a wide-ranging Pumpkins reunion tour earlier this year, revealed that an album is on its way. Given a typically Corgan-esque turn of phrase for its title, Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. will be released on November 16th.
Corgan took to Instagram to confirm rumours of new Pumpkins material, saying the first songs could arrive as early as May.
Last month, Corgan announced that he was getting back together with two of the Smashing Pumpkins’ co-founders – guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin – for a North American tour in the summer of 2018, which will be focussing on the five studio albums released in the 1990s that are regarded to be their golden age.
Now, addressing recent rumours of the potential of new material, Corgan took to his Instagram account to confirm that the band was in the studio and putting together two EPs’ worth of tracks.
Continue reading: Billy Corgan Teases "Two New EPs" Of Smashing Pumpkins Songs In 2018
Corgan and founding members James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin will tour from July, focussing on "songs from the first five albums".
Following weeks of teasing the possibility of a reunion, Smashing Pumpkins have at last confirmed details of an in-depth tour set for the summer of 2018, with Billy Corgan getting fellow founding members James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin onside.
The Smashing Pumpkins’ late-2000s guitarist Jeff Schroeder will join the band as they hit the road in the summer of 2018 for the ‘Shiny and Oh So Bright’ tour.
Marking the 30th anniversary of their formation, they’ll be “celebrating songs from their first five albums from Gish to Machina”, and “exclusively” playing music from those albums, according to a press release on Thursday morning (February 15th).
Continue reading: Smashing Pumpkins Announce Reunion Tour For Summer 2018
Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan has been slammed as ''insufferable'' by the band's former bassist D'Arcy Wretzky amid a bitter row between the pair.
Billy Corgan has been branded ''insufferable'' in an extraordinary rant by D'Arcy Wretzky.
The Smashing Pumpkins star is embroiled in a bitter row with the band's former bassist, after it emerged she would not be part of an expected reunion.
Reflecting on when they started talking again in 2006, D'Arcy - who left the group after 11 years in 1999 - told Alternative Nation: ''I just was so out of that world for the longest time, I wasn't aware of a lot of the crazy stuff, like he supports Trump. What?
Continue reading: Billy Corgan Slammed By Former Smashing Pumpkins Bassist
Both sides of the story on this reunion disaster.
The impending reunion of The Smashing Pumpkins has been unexpectedly marred by claims from former bassist D'arcy Wretzky that she has been unceremoniously excluded from participation. But now the band reveal that they've tried to reach out to her many times in the past, to no avail.
Billy Corgan's rock group are expected to begin a reunion tour with (most of) the original members this summer including guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlain. It is yet to be determined who will be invited on as the new bassist although it is thought that Jack Bates would return.
Continue reading: The Smashing Pumpkins Deny Ousting Bassist D'Arcy Wretzky From Reunion
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has revealed he has 26 songs ''in various states of completion'' as he continues to work in the studio on his next project.
Billy Corgan is working on 26 new songs as he rediscovers his love for guitar-based music.
The Smashing Pumpkins rocker - whose 2017 solo album 'Ogilala' heavily feature piano, strings and a more acoustic sound - has opened up on his time in the studio as he continues to leave fans in the dark about whether it will be another solo project or a reunion of the 'Tonight, Tonight' group.
Taking to social media over the weekend, he wrote: ''Ok, I misspoke. Today wasn't the last day in studio. More work ahead (lyrics, vocals, strings).
Continue reading: Billy Corgan Working On 26 New Songs
The rockers collaborate once again in their Summer North American series.
The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson are set to unite on a co-headline tour of North America this Summer. Dubbed 'The End Of Times Tour', the series will span all major cities including Las Vegas, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, Chicago and Toronto.
It's not an altogether unusual team; in December 2014, Manson made an appearance at the Pumpkins' show in London's Koko, performing a collaborative rendition of the latter's 1997 hit 'Ava Adore' and Manson's then new single 'Third Day of a Seven-Day Binge'. Now they'll be hitting the stage together officially with dates starting at the Concord Pavilion on July 7th and ending in Cincinnati's Riverbend Music Center on August 8th.
Corgan spoke to 'The Howard Stern Show' while plugging the release of the Pumpkins' new album 'Monuments to an Elegy'.
Talking during a radio interview on ‘The Howard Stern Show’, Corgan dismissed grunge titans Pearl Jam as “derivative”, claiming that it’s a “mystery” to him how they have managed to keep up their status as a huge arena-filling band “because I just don’t get it”.
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Smashing Pumpkins Unveil 'Monuments To An Elegy' In December - Stream Single 'Being Beige' Now [Listen]
Check out Smashing Pumpkins new single 'Being Beige' ahead of their upcoming album release.
Just in time for Christmas, the Smashing Pumpkins will be releasing their eighth album 'Monuments To An Elegy'; the first of two albums within the space of the year, and the second instalment of their 'Teargarden by Kaleidyscope' album trilogy project.
Smashing Pumpkins on their way with eighth album
The album follows up their 2012 offering 'Oceania'; a definite success for the band which scored highly positive reviews all round; and is led by their newest single 'Being Beige'. The first of two albums so far for their new label BMG, 'Monuments To An Elegy' will be quickly followed up by 'Day for Night'. The idea was originally thought out as a double album, but frontman Billy Corgan later decided it would work better for the fans as single releases, which, according to him, 'in itself changed the process, writing and review'.
The Smashing Pumpkins - Adly Syairi Ramly, a self-proclaimed music and LEGO junkie, has transformed the toy brand's famous figures into some of the world's most iconic bands. Legendary acts such as the Beatles, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Pearl Jam have been given a LEGO makeover and photographed using only an iPhone 5 with no added desktop editing. - Malaysia - Wednesday 19th March 2014
It's raining, it's pouring: Glastonbury Festival's weather forecast predicts an overcast weekend with hopefully no more of Thursday's rain.
Many Glasto goers woke up to the pitter patter of rain on canvas this morning as Wednesday's warm, humid weather well and truly dissolved into rain. By the Thursday evening, the site was drenched - what had initially been forecast as a "short sharp shower turned into an all-day deluge," according to the BBC. And where there's rain, there's mud: big sticky, gloopy, welly-stealing piles of it. This didn't deter any of the 118,000 ticket holders already onsite, with revellers retreating to indoor tents or embracing the wet weather and sludge with gusto by making mud slides. As the main festival wasn't even fully underway by then, we can't say we'd like to be sharing their tent this weekend - let's hope they've brought some babywipes!
Glastonbury Festival Organisers Michael & Daughter Emily Eavis.
Unlike everywhere else in the country, the rest of the weekend in the South-West is set to be mild, but not exactly toasty, with mean temperatures of 18°C combined with average windspeeds of about 15mph: so that little weather forecaster's cartoon of a grey cloud will pretty much sum up the weekend. 2009's extreme weather saw torrential downpours and thunderstorms lighting up the valley but was followed by 2010's glorious sunshine, which caused sunstroke and dust problems. Punters have a whole weekend of musical, comical and performance joy ahead of them to distract them from any weather woes though. Saturday night will be headlined by The Rolling Stones who have described the Glastonbury headline slot as an experience they were "destined" for, with organisers Michael and Emily Eavis "thrilled" to have the legendary Stones perform.
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