Here are some of the top threads about the Smashing Pumpkins and Billy Corgan from the past couple months on the Smashing Pumpkins board of the Netphoria Forums.
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Smashing Pumpkins officially introduce new drummer
Billy Corgan has formally announced 19-year-old Mike Byrne as the new Pumpkins sticksman, saying that he believes the teenager will make him a ‘better musician’.
It has only been three years since Billy Corgan reunited Smashing Pumpkins with Jimmy Chamberlin, and less than one year since Corgan pledged the band would no longer release albums – but already those commitments have kicked the bucket. This week, Corgan formally announced Chamberlin’s replacement on drums, together with plans for a new Pumpkins LP.
Nineteen-year-old Mike Byrne has officially joined Smashing Pumpkins after recording demos with the band this summer. The teenager from Oregon was not even born when the Pumpkins played their first gig, but he impressed Corgan at auditions earlier this year. Chamberlin quit the group in March, saying that he couldn’t “cash the check” and “commit all of my energy into something that I don’t fully possess”.
“Dream come true, man,” said Byrne, who has been listening to Smashing Pumpkins since he was 13 – that is, since 2003 – when he found them “exciting and fresh”. After playing in obscure bands like Moses, Smell the Roses and the Mercury Tree, Byrne answered Corgan’s call for internet applications – and was invited to auditions in Los Angeles. “We didn’t actually play songs at the audition,” Byrne said. “We just kind of jammed for about 15 minutes and then talked about Fugazi for the other 15 or so minutes.” Besides the Pumpkins and DIY punks Fugazi, Byrne says his influences include Mogwai, Maserati and quirky indie-pop band Maps and Atlases.
Corgan said: “We counted over 1,000 submissions, and what made Mike stand out was he just seemed to have that X-factor that all the great drummers have, a stunning blend of power, speed and grace. I’m excited to work with him moving forward – he truly deserves this opportunity. I believe in my heart he will push me to be a better musician.”
Byrne will play with the Pumpkins at a handful of concerts in August, but more important is his contribution to a forthcoming album. A “major announcement” on the follow-up to Zeitgeist is promised for September. This will be the first Smashing Pumpkins album to feature only one original member.
“We’re starting from scratch and just working our influences up into something totally different,” Byrne said. “It’s sort of a new direction.”
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Corgan Explains Why He’s Keeping Smashing Pumpkins Name
Billy Corgan defended his decision to keep performing under the name the Smashing Pumpkins in a long, rambling blog post last week on the band’s official Website, telling fans that even though drummer Jimmy Chamberlin — the Pumpkins’ last original member not named Corgan — left the group, the band will still make music fans will hopefully deem worthy of the Smashing Pumpkins moniker.
“What the future holds is unknown to me. I am 100pct committed to the future of SP. I can tell you that. 100pct!! I’ve never been happier about being in SP, or a part of SP, than I am now,” Corgan wrote. “The music I am making sounds like The Smashing Pumpkins. It doesn’t sound like solo work, I can assure you of that.” Corgan adds that he’s wrestled with what to do with the Pumpkins name since Chamberlin was first fired from the group in 1996 and then when original members James Iha and D’Arcy left in 2000. (Chamberlin rejoined the Pumpkins in 1998, but left earlier this year after deciding he could no longer just “cash the check”).
“The idea of identity is a strange one to tackle. For many years, I treated the idea of the band named The Smashing Pumpkins as an existential concept that existed away from my being and body…,” Corgan wrote, hinting at his one-off supergroup Zwan. “The music that came out of this being and body. I’ve called the umbrella the songs came out under different names but to me I guess there really wasn’t a whole lot of difference. As they say, a song is a song.”
“I will never say to you what people say to me all the time, which is that ‘I am the band’. I am not ‘the band’, I am just the leader of the band,” Corgan adds before finishing off his long post with references to holistic living and wrestling catchphrases. As Rock Daily previously reported, one of those band members that Corgan is “just the leader of” may be Chamberlin’s 19-year-old replacement, Mike Byrne.
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Here are some of the top threads from the past month (or two) on the Smashing Pumpkins board of the Netphoria Forums.
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Jimmy Chamberlin has posted on his blog site about why he left the Smashing Pumpkins:
By now you have heard the news of my departure from the Smashing Pumpkins. I will say, without going into any unnecessary details that this represents a positive move forward for me. I can no longer commit all of my energy into something that I don’t fully possess. I won’t pretend I’m into something I’m not. I won’t do it to myself, you the fan, or my former partner. I can’t just, “Cash the check” so to speak. Music is my life. It is sacred. It deserves the highest commitment at every level and the Pumpkins are certainly no different. I’m sorry but it really IS that simple. There is no drama, bad blood, or anything else but a full commitment to music. My best goes out to Billy and I’m glad he has chosen to continue under the name. It is his right. I will continue to make music with the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex as well as pursuing other musical interests. I feel that I have a long way to go and a lot to give. Thanks to everyone for your kind words and support through all of this. I am constantly humbled by all of you! It is an honor and a privilege to play music for a living and I don’t take it for granted not even for a second.
Stay tuned……. JC
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Today on the official Smashing Pumpkins website front man Billy Corgan announced the departure of Jimmy Chamberlin. Billy Corgan has also announced he is going back to the studio to record a new album alone. Click here to join the Netphoria discussion about this important news.
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
Posted Oct 30, 2008 9:59 AM
Billy 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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According to Blabbermouth.net
“..The PUMPKINS are coming prepared with completely different set lists in each of the multi-night engagements with no songs being repeated over the course of the two night run. Night #1 is being called “Black Sunshine,” while night #2 will be dubbed “White Crosses.” A special two-night ticket bundle will be available for all multi-night engagements.
In Chicago — where singer/guitarist Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin continue to be based — the PUMPKINS will play four shows at two different venues. In cities where the band is set to play one night, they plan to deliver a unique one-off set….
…The PUMPKINS have also confirmed a national television appearance for Friday, October 24 when they’ll perform “G.L.O.W.” on the outdoor stage at ABC-TV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” ”
SMASHING PUMPKINS 20th-anniversary tour dates:
Nov. 01 – Cleveland, OH – Palace Theatre
Nov. 03 – Toronto, ONT – Massey Hall
Nov. 04 – Toronto, ONT – Massey Hall
Nov. 06 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre
Nov. 07 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre
Nov. 08 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata
Nov. 11 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall
Nov. 12 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall
Nov. 14 – Boston, MA – Wang Center
Nov. 15 – Boston, MA – Wang Center
Nov. 16 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Nov. 18 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
Nov. 19 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
Nov. 21 – Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theatre
Nov. 22 – Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theatre
Nov. 26 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre
Nov. 30 – San Diego, CA – RIMAC Arena
Dec. 02 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre
Dec. 03 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre
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The Smashing Pumpkins to Release Double DVD Set – ‘If All Goes Wrong’
Features Full Concert in High Definition and Revealing Documentary
Coming Home Media will release If All Goes Wrong, a double DVD commemorative package celebrating the recent reunion and extraordinary 20-year career of The Smashing Pumpkins, one of rock’s defining and most acclaimed bands, on Nov. 11th.
Directed and produced by Jack Gulick (Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Steve Miller Band, Godsmack) and Daniel E Catullo III (Steve Miller Band, Godsmack, Rush, Dave Matthews Band), the two DVD set contains the 105-minute documentary, also titled If All Goes Wrong, plus The Fillmore Residency, a full concert filmed in late July and early August of 2007 over five of the 11 sold-out nights at the famed Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.
The concert disc was captured in 5.1 Surround Sound and state-of-the-art high definition from 12 cameras and features seven all new tracks not available anywhere else, along with new versions of fan favorites and a selection of Pumpkins rarities.
From the opening note to the final chord, the documentary If All Goes Wrong showcases a band returning with an “enveloping epic force” (Los Angeles Times) as it traces The Smashing Pumpkins during their 19-show residency, which began with eight shows at Asheville, NC’s Orange Peel in late June and continued through 11 sold-out nights at San Francisco’s famed Fillmore Auditorium. Interviews with band members, fans, journalists and fellow musicians reveal the fears, excitement, determination, exhaustion and tension inherent in main singer-songwriter and lead guitarist Billy Corgan and his newly revitalized musical unit.
“We went into the residencies hopeful to play some new music, with the idea I would write during the day and we could maybe even play new songs that same night,” Corgan comments. “What I didn’t anticipate is how much the process would inspire me, positively and negatively, to report what I was seeing and feeling from the shows. The documentary shows that process in an interesting way that reveals the link between the band and our audience.”
The documentary also includes Voices Of The Ghost Children, a featurette about the band’s fans, and an interview with The Who’s legendary guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend as bonus material.
The concert portion of the If All Goes Wrong, entitled The Fillmore Residency, runs 115 minutes and includes seven of the almost 20 all-new compositions the band composed and performed exclusively during the residencies that are available exclusively on this release. With 15 songs in all, the concert – captured in 5.1 Surround Sound and state-of-the-art high definition from 12 cameras – showcases the band as they explore the freedom afforded to them in a live setting, including the 30+ minute opus “Gossamer”. Along with the new tracks, the concert also includes alternate versions of fan favorites and a selection of Pumpkins rarities. The Fillmore Residency also includes five songs recorded live from the floor of The Fillmore that gives fans an intimate glimpse of the band as a performing entity.
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS DISC 1:
- “If All Goes Wrong” documentary
- “Voices Of The Ghost Children” featurette
- Interview with The Who guitarist, Pete Townshend
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS DISC 2:
The Fillmore Residency*
- The Rose March*
- Peace + Love*
- 99 Floors*
- Lucky 13
- Death From Above
- The Crying Tree Of Mercury
- Heavy Metal Machine
- No Surrender*
* Bonus Tracks: Live From The Floor Of The Fillmore
- 99 Floors*
- Peace + Love*
- No Surrender*
- Promise Me*
Directed By Jack Gulick and Daniel E. Catullo III; Produced By Jack Gulick & Daniel E. Catullo III; Executive Producers: Tilton Gardner, Jeff Geoffray & Walter Josten; Audio Mixed By Kerry Brown
Now available for pre-order at Amazon.com for $14.99, with a release date of November 11, 2008. Click here to pre-order Smashing Pumpkins – If All Goes Wrong – DVD.
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Billy Corgan & Jimmy Chamberlin take time out to do an interview with Mancow. You can download the entire interview by clicking here.
Mancow is an American radio and television personality. He is best known from Mancow’s Morning Madhouse formerly on WKQX-FM (Q101), a Chicago-based radio show that has, in recent years, been nationally syndicated mostly in small markets by Talk Radio Network.
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