Now Shipping, Guitar Hero World Tour featuring Billy Corgan & The Smashing Pumpkins

Ξ October 27th, 2008 by Andrew Pakula | → 0 Comments | ∇ Billy Corgan, Concerts, Music News, Netphoria, Smashing Pumpkins |

Guitar Hero World Tour - Smashing PumpkinsNow Shipping! Guitar Hero World Touris now available for order at Amazon.com, the game lists for $189.99 for the complete Band Kit, $99.99 for the Guitar Kit or $49.99 for just the game and is now available for PS3, XBOX 360, Wii and PS2.

The Smashing Pumpkins will be exclusively debuting their new single “G.L.O.W” on Guitar Hero World Tour. The new single G.L.O.W. will be included with previous Smashing Pumpkins hit songs 1979 and the Everlasting Gaze. Billy Corgan will also be an in-game character in Guitar Hero World Tour, and announced that The Smashing Pumpkins song Today will be in the game. For more info click here to discuss on the Netphoria Forums.

Platform Band Kit
Version
Guitar Kit
Version
Game Only
Version
PS3$189 PS3$99.99 PS3$59.99
XBOX 360$189 XBOX 360$99.99 XBOX 360$59.99
Wii$189 Wii$99.99 Wii$49.99
PS2$179 PS2$89.99 PS2$49.99

Guitar Hero World Tour - Screenshots

Smashing Pumpkins play Guitar Hero World Tour event

Ξ October 27th, 2008 by Andrew Pakula | → 0 Comments | ∇ Billy Corgan, Concerts, Music News, Smashing Pumpkins |

From the L.A. Times:

Smashing Pumpkins play Guitar Hero World Tour event, debut new song

Billy Corgan - Guitar Hero eventMemo to Activsion: Next time you have a launch party for the newest version of Guitar Hero, book the happy-go-lucky Foo Fighters (oh yes, they too are available for video game launch parties, for the right price, that is). The Smashing Pumpkins aren’t in any mood to send blue-eyed, blond-haired marketing minions home humming “Today.”

Billy Corgan’s message Saturday night to partygoers at a private Guitar Hero World Tour launch party? He is no corporate shill. Sure, the Smashing Pumpkins ringleader cashed the $100,000+ check his band surely received for performing at the bash, which was co-sponsored by Best Buy and took place just blocks away from the Minneapolis-based big box retailer’s La Brea Avenue store in a massive sound studio — but that doesn’t mean he played nicely.

Things started out promisingly enough as Corgan took the stage around 10 p.m. The band tore through “Tarantula” with efficiency and grace before performing a perfunctory version of “G.L.O.W.” (which is featured in Guitar Hero World Tour as a single, the first time a band has recorded a new song exclusively for the franchise). But the second half of the set left the curious crowd, heavy on Best Buy execs and contest-winners, feeling confused, used or worse.

(Full set list plus more of the review after the jump)

“Old School…1979!” one man a decade or so removed from the frathouse yelled out, perhaps unaware that the band had just offered up a blistering rendition of “Siva,” from Smashing Pumpkins’ debut “Gish.”

With that kind of crowd staring back at the frontman, you can hardly blame Corgan for saving the entire second half of the set for working out new material, and dark, experimental feedback-laden noodling. Was this the 41-year-old’s way of rebelling against “fake” guitar heroes playing the video game on one of the multiple screens set up just steps away from the stage?

“I feel like Sarah Palin up here,” he deadpanned at one point during the set, perhaps referencing his comfort level at being the evening’s cheerleader. Although Corgan seemed in good enough spirits (wearing a silver skirt and a tight, black shirt with a spider on it…the same exact outfit he wore to the Scream Awards earlier this month: See picture above), it was clear he wasn’t in the mood to play the hits.

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Smashing Pumpkins on Jimmy Kimmel Live 10-24-08

Ξ October 27th, 2008 by Andrew Pakula | → 0 Comments | ∇ Billy Corgan, Concerts, Music News, Smashing Pumpkins |

Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins performed this past Friday on Jimmy Kimmel.

Here they are performing the songs Tarantula & G.L.O.W. on an outdoor stage at ABC.

New Rolling Stone article on the Smashing Pumpkins – “We’re no better than Bon Jovi”

Ξ October 17th, 2008 by Andrew Pakula | → 0 Comments | ∇ Billy Corgan, Concerts, Interviews, Jimmy Chamberlin, Music News, Smashing Pumpkins |

An new article in the latest Rolling Stone magazine talks with Billy Corgan about a new album, the reunion/reformed band so far and the 20th Anniversary Tour. Here is an excerpt of the article:

Smashing Pumpkins Prep New Album, 20th Anniversary Tour

Reunited band breaks out classic tunes for tour; concept disc to follow

DAVID BROWNE
Posted Oct 30, 2008 9:59 AM

Billy Corgan - Rolling StoneBilly Corgan is the first to admit that the Smashing Pumpkins’ return hasn’t always gone the way he’d hoped. In 2006, he and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin re-formed the band after a six-year layoff, recorded a new album, Zeitgeist, and hit the road. The Pumpkins’ upcoming DVD, If All Goes Wrong (out November 11th), chronicles what followed: fans puzzled by the absence of founding members James Iha and D’arcy Wretzky, and tense moments onstage and off.

“You’re standing onstage and hearing people going, ‘I don’t know how I feel about this,'” recalls Corgan. “We found that America had turned every older band into the ‘reunion band.’ It was ‘I just want to hear those eight songs and drink my beer.’ You think, ‘I’m 41 years old, and I’ve earned some level of trust.’ And you find out you’re just like everybody else. You’re no better than Bon Jovi.”

Then came mixed reviews and modest sales for Zeitgeist. (“A gold record in this economy is quite an accomplishment,” Corgan counters.) Finally, he and the band’s label, Warner Bros., parted ways after what Corgan calls “zero support” from the company.

Still, Corgan is upbeat about the state of the Pumpkins. “There’s something about being in the band that brings things out in me motivationally,” he says. “I don’t know if it brings the best out of me musically, but it brings the best out in me energetically.” He’s particularly fired up about the Pumpkins’ 20th-anniversary tour, which kicks off in Cleveland on November 1st. As with last year’s shows, Corgan and Chamberlin will be joined by guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Ginger Reyes and keyboardist Lisa Harriton, plus to-be-determined additional musicians.

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Smashing Pumpkins Threads of the Week from the Netphoria Message Board

Ξ October 17th, 2008 by Andrew Pakula | → 0 Comments | ∇ Billy Corgan, Concerts, Music News, Netphoria, Smashing Pumpkins |

Here are some of the top threads from the past week on the Smashing Pumpkins board of the Netphoria Forums.

For more Smashing Pumpkins related topics please see the SP board or the Tour Info board.

G.L.O.W. music video is in the works

Ξ October 1st, 2008 by MonteLDS | → 0 Comments | ∇ Music News, Smashing Pumpkins |

According to the Smashing Pumpkins official website the Pumpkins are working on their new video for G.L.O.W. no release date has been announced yet. Click here for the article or click here to discuss it on the Netphoria Message Board.