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Billy Corgan Becomes President Of TNA Wrestling


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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has been named as the president of Impact Ventures, the parent company of TNA Wrestling. The singer and longtime wrestling fan first became part of the company last year, serving as senior producer of creative and talent development.

Billy CorganBilly Corgan is the new president of TNA Impact wrestling

In a statement Corgan said: “I believe in this company, its passionate fans, the talented roster and the dedicated staff and crew. I am committed to this great opportunity and will use all of my resources and connections to drive the success of this company."

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Smashing Pumpkins Frontman Billy Corgan Compares 'Social Justice Warriors' To KKK


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Billy Corgan, frontman for The Smashing Pumpkins has compared what he calls ‘social justice warriors’ to the Ku Klux Klan, in an interview with radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. During the interview Corgan lashed out at the ‘hashtag generation,’ saying they were a threat to freedom of speech.

Billy CorganBilly Corgan has likened ‘social justice warriors’ to KKK members.

When asked how he thought ‘social justice warriors’ could be stopped Corgan said: "Well, there's two schools of thought: One is, they're gone. They're Maoists. They have the Little Red Book in their hand. You're not gonna get them back.”

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The Smashing Pumpkins Announce Special Tour Dates In Support Of 'Monuments To An Elegy' Out December 9th 2014

Posted on 19 November 2014

The Smashing Pumpkins Announce Special Tour Dates In Support Of 'Monuments To An Elegy' Out December 9th 2014

A Week In Music, Kings Of Leon Unveil New Album's First Taste 'Supersoaker', Tom Odell Plays Mesmerising London Gig And Mazzy Star Make A Long-Awaited Return


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A week in music videos... We finally get the first glimpse of what's in store for Kings Of Leon's sixth album 'Mechanical Bull' with their new single 'Supersoaker'. It's probably one of the most highly-anticipated albums of the year following their 2010 offering 'Come Around Sundown' which reached the top spot on the UK album charts and number 2 in the US. If you're a fan of awesome, driving rock anthems, then after listening to 'Supersoaker' you'll be the first to grab a copy of the new album in September. Listen to Supersoaker here.

Just as fresh and anthemic is London band Bastille, who stole the hearts of the nation with their debut album 'Bad Blood' earlier this year - an easy chart topper responsible for such tracks as 'Pompeii' and 'Laura Palmer'. They have now released a moving video for their emotional track 'Things We Lose In The Fire' which also managed to chart despite not being released as a single. Bastille are currently on a major world tour and will appear at the likes of Japan's Summer Sonic Festival, Leeds and Reading Festival and Berlin Festival this summer. Watch the video for Things We Lost In The Fire here.

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Glastonbury Festival 2013: Your Guide To The Biggest Clashes!


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With such a ginormous festival site at 900 acres, and plenty of drunken hoardes and muddy puddles to fight through, the simple act of walking from one stage to another can be a difficult task. Throw in a lost mud-sucked welly and inebriated disorientation and you haven't a hope in hell of deftly navigating your way in between acts - even with that overpriced festival lanyard you spent half your first day's budget on.

Glastonbury returns in 2013 after having taking a well needed break in 2012 - the Eavis family, the cows and the grass all had a rest whilst the portaloos and crowd barriers were in London for the Olympics. The festival this year marks it's revival with an exciting line-up, including The Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons, Arctic Monkeys, Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, Chase and Status, and Public Enemy.

However, with all star-packed line-ups comes inevitable clashes: fan of both Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds AND Smashing Pumpkins? Too bad - they're both on around 20:30 on the Sunday with a good half mile hike between stages, meaning you'll have to forego one sullen frontman for another.

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Smashing Pumpkins, Oceania Album Review


Billy Corgan was always the antagonist of the mainstream 'grunge' scene. None of the other players really seemed to like him very much or at best - like Courtney Love - developed a troubled love/hate relationship with him. Of his contemporaries, still recording and releasing music at the same level as they did back in their heyday, few have managed to maintain the same momentum, the same ethos or the same sound that they once had (Sonic Youth, you're off the hook).

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Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins performing at The Brixton Academy. Tuesday 15th November 2011

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Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins and Brixton Academy
Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins and Brixton Academy
Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins and Brixton Academy
Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins and Brixton Academy
Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins and Brixton Academy

Smashing Pumpkins and Manchester O2 Apollo - The Smashing Pumpkins Manchester, England - performing at Manchester O2 Apollo on the first night of their UK Tour Friday 11th November 2011

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Smashing Pumpkins and Manchester O2 Apollo
Smashing Pumpkins and Manchester O2 Apollo

Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins and The Other Side Tuesday 8th November 2011 Billy Corgan of American rock band The Smashing Pumpkins performing 'The Other Side of the Kaleidyscope' tour at the Heineken Music Hall. Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins and The Other Side
Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins and The Other Side
Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins and The Other Side
Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins and The Other Side
Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins and The Other Side

Smashing Pumpkins - Tuesday 20th July 2010 at Evolution Festival Florida, USA

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Smashing Pumpkins - Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan Los Angeles, California - after shopping at Fred Segal in Hollywood Wednesday 10th February 2010

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Smashing Pumpkins and Billy Corgan Tuesday 10th March 2009 Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan testifies on Capitol Hill to the House Judiciary Committee hearing on the reintroduced Performance Rights Act Washington DC, USA

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Smashing Pumpkins and Billy Corgan
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Smashing Pumpkins - The Smashing Pumpkins West Hollywood, California - Best Buy Presents 'Guitar Hero World Tour' VIP Launch Event Saturday 25th October 2008

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Billy Corgan and Smashing Pumpkins - Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins Boca Raton, Florida - performing live at The Mizner Park Ampitheater Thursday 21st August 2008

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Smashing Pumpkins - The Smashing Pumpkins Los Angeles, California - get inducted get inducted into 'Hollywood's RockWalk' Wednesday 23rd April 2008

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Smashing Pumpkins Thursday 14th February 2008 Smashing Pumpkins perform at the Nottingham Arena as part of their 'Zeitgeist' world tour Nottingham, England

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Smashing Pumpkins, That's The Way Single Review


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That's The Way
Single Review

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Smashing Pumpkins, Zeitgeist, Album Review


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Zeitgeist
Album Review

In the year of the comebacks, it was the Pumpkins one which got any self-respecting alternative rocker really excited. It's different to most of the others, like The Police, and The Eagles (CASH COWS!) or Spinal Tap (A JOKE BAND!) or the Spice Girls (BOTH!) because rather than just a lengthy world tour where they would have their devotees over a barrel, paying through their collective nose for overpriced tickets and merchandise, there would be an album of new material as well, and here it is, Zeitgeist.

Well, it would be a bit of a stretch to call this a Smashing Pumpkins record really, as only Corgan and Chamberlain remain from the classic line-up, it could just as easily be called a Billy Corgan solo album. That said, the wailing, heavy metal guitars and OTT production means this sounds quintessentially Pumpkins, Jimmy Chamberlain's drums also sound mightily impressive. The trouble is, while this may have that Smashing Pumpkins 'sound', it lacks any of the classic songwriting or sheer inventiveness of their peak, attributes that were abundant on Mellon Collie.

Songs start off with great ides or riffs, 'Bleeding the Orchid' being an example, but they are stretched on until they become interminable. Similarly, 'United States' tries to be ominous and atmospheric, but ultimately falls flat under the weight of its own pretentiousness.

It's not all doom and gloom though, 'Tarantula', wisely chosen as the lead-off single, is a triumphant glam stomper, worthy of a place in the Corgan canon. Also, 'That's the Way (My Love Is)' is a welcome relief from the oppressive murkiness that hangs over the album, and sounds more like Corgan and Chamberlains now defunct, Pumpkins-on-Prozac band, Zwan. In this case that is no bad thing.

When the Smashing Pumpkins grace the stage at this year's Carling Weekend,
you can bet your bottom dollar the crowd won't be screaming for tracks from
Zeitgeist.

Ben Davis

3.5/5

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