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Pumpkins to perform with Brad Wilk and Mark Stoermer

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:04 AM (PST)


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.

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Billy Corgan comments on his beef with Soundgarden

Posted by Metal Dude on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 9:05 AM (PST)

When Smashing Pumpkins singer and guitarist Billy Corgan appeared on the Channel 93.3 radio station in Denver, Colorado last Friday (July 31st), he talked about his “beef” with Soundgarden, specifically their lead singer and guitarist Chris Cornell. Here’s what he had to say:

“Well, there’s a little bit of a backstory there. Chris Cornell was somebody I considered a friend, and would never have said a harsh word about. When Smashing Pumpkins came back in 2007, Cornell was quoted in an interview saying, basically, he didn’t consider our reunion, in quotations, to be ‘legitimate.’ So that’s something that’s… I kind of have an elephant’s memory when it comes to somebody punching me in the face. Cornell’s one of those people who is extremely talented. I was a fan from literally, I think, their second EP. I met them in 1991 and I still believe in what was great about the band. But when we’re sitting there having conversations about who is doing what, I am no longer gonna shield somebody. If they wanna punch me in the face, I’m happy to punch them back in the face. So, I respect the man’s talent. People gloss over the Timbaland album. [laughs] You know what I mean?! My point is, look, I don’t have any specific bone to pick, although I just, obviously, made a case for one. My point is don’t lump us in with people who are sort of just doing the reunion lap. Now, of course, fans are lighting up my Twitter saying, ‘Do you realize Soundgarden is doing a new album?’ OK, well, if they are, great. That’s what they should be doing. They are great musicians, and they should make new music, and hopefully they’ll make great albums, because we need artists to make great albums and great music in this day and age of the robots and the posers and, you know, the ‘faux hawk’ bands.”

You can listen to the rest of the interview here.

The Smashing Pumpkins and Soundgarden, who both released defining records in the ’90s, broke up in 2000 and 1997 respectively, but have both been back together in recent years. Last June, the Pumpkins released their latest album Oceania, while Soundgarden will release their new album King Animal in November.

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