Who are we kidding? It’s been over 10 years since any [lastfm]Smashing Pumpkins[/lastfm] album deserves high praise, but that hasn’t stopped frontman [lastfm]Billy Corgan[/lastfm] from throwing in the towel quite yet.
Keep reading to discover what tricks the ’90s rock icon has rolled up his sleeves.
[pullquote quote="We are going to do something unique, which is play an invite-only set during sound check of almost all new, unreleased songs." credit="Billy Corgan"]
With the band’s new line-up finalized last month, Corgan promises fans an “intimate” U.S. tour, which includes the band inviting select fans to their sound checks.
On the band’s website, Corgan said:
We are going to do something unique, which is play an invite-only set during sound check of almost all new, unreleased songs. We’re still figuring out a way to make it possible for some of the fans who’ll be in the line outside waiting to get in for that.
In September 2009, Smashing Pumpkins released free MP3 tracks on their website as part of a concept album slowly released physically as limited-edition EPs. The first EP issued, “Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol. 1: Songs for a Sailor,” was released last month.
Smashing Pumpkins 3.0 was finalized last month with the addition of bass player [lastfm]Nicole Fiorentino[/lastfm], formerly of grungy, pop-punk getup [lastfm]Veruca Salt[/lastfm]. The rest of the band members include guitarist [lastfm]Jeff Schroeder[/lastfm] and drummer [lastfm]Mike Byrne[/lastfm], both of whom have played in Smashing Pumpkins before, but were not part of the original line-up.
Of SP 3.0, Corgan said, “I haven’t been this comfortable in a band situation since about 1995. Musically, we seem to have wound our way back to a more kinetic, electric, and psychedelic sound that reminds me of SP in Gish-Siamese era.”
At least Corgan recognizes that their first albums were (undeniably) the best. Maybe ex-girlfriend [lastfm]Jessica Simpson[/lastfm]‘s “sexual nepalm” ways finally knocked some sense into him. (C’mon, Billy… VISA? Really?)
Check out old school Billy with Smashing Pumpkins’ music video for “Today”: