I am a huge Smashing Pumpkins fan ever since years ago when my dad came back from Tower Records in NYC and gave me a copy of Siamese Dream and the mighty Core by Stone Temple Pilots ‘cuz he thought they seemed like my cup of tea. SP changed the way I heard rock music and though they are not metal by any stretch “Frail And Bedazzled” from Pisces Iscariot (at times my fave SP record) is as exciting a rock song with great guitar work as you can find anywhere. Zeitgeist also was super fucking underrated when it came out, Billy’s darkest record and a thrilling big chord rock ride with few frills.
Anyway, in addition to showing it is ok to have a sensitive side and being a big wrestling fan, the reason Billy Corgan is being mentioned on Metal Riot today is that Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave and recent Black Sabbath fame is one of two special…ahh, just read the darn press release:
In support of their eighth studio album Monuments to an Elegy , available December 9, The Smashing Pumpkins will play a series of special shows in select cities around the globe, and we’re proud to announce that Webster Hall is one of them. These performances will feature a special lineup which will include Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) on drums and Mark Stoermer (The Killers) on bass joining The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan and Jeff Schroeder. “We’re absolutely thrilled and humbled to have Brad and Mark helping us out with these shows,” said Corgan “and if our rehearsals are any indication they should be one-of-a-kind.” Webster Hall tickets go on sale November 19th at 12pm EST via Ticketweb.
The SP camp also released a new song recently with Tommy Lee on drums. I guess Billy wasn’t kidding when he recently said he kind of understands Axl Rose and his Chinese Democracy approach. Hey, it’s all good with me. He always grabs good talent (I liked that Mike Byrne guy’s playign a lot, though it was more spare than Jimmy Chamberlin’s untouchable busy ass skill. What happened to that Matt dude?). I’ll always prefer the classic line-up, but things should look interesting for the near SP future (Hey Billy, if you need a candidate I suggest Nate Kelley who played two songs on the first Coheed record and was in Shabutie 6 years before that, a time when Claudio Sanchez and Nate were huge disciples of you and Chamberlin. I can wish, right?)…
To be continued.