Smashing Pumpkins’ music is all over the map — they touch on everything from psych rock and electronica to folk-tinged indie pop, sometimes — but frontman Billy Corgan isn’t shy to say that head-banging metal has always been a major influence. But while he personally is very vocal about the hard-hitting tunes he’s into, he feels that metal as a whole doesn’t get the respect that it deserves in the alternative community.
Here come the dog days of summer — and the final new summer music releases are due out in August 2012. There aren’t as many new albums out this month compared to the last few, but quality makes up or quantity any day of the week — or any month of the year — and this is no exception. With a new one from Bloc Party leading the charge followed by Yeasayer, Antony and the Johnsons and more, it’s not a bad way to spend a month rocking out.
A pair of new Green Day documentaries is being lined up for release to coincide with the band’s upcoming trio of albums, ‘¡Uno!,’ ‘¡Dos!,’ and ‘¡Tre!’ One doc will focus on the making of the three discs, which will drop one at a time starting in September and wrapping in January 2013.
Billy Corgan has a lot of trash to talk as he does the promotional rounds for Smashing Pumpkins‘ new ‘Oceania’ album — from his “piss on f—in’ Radiohead” comment to his total dissing of his former bandmates — and his latest target is a big one. Speaking to Fuse, the singer pretty much bashed all bands of the grunge generation, calling them out for not living up to the ideals they supposedly set back in the roaring ’90s.
Twenty-five years in to one of the most successful careers in modern rock, Green Day have announced plans for perhaps their most ambitious project yet: a trilogy of albums titled ‘Uno!,’ ‘Dos!’ and ‘Tre!’ that are due to drop one at a time between September of this year and January of next year.
Billy Corgan seems to subscribe to the notion that if you don’t have anything nice to say, then … say it to the international press? The singer hasn’t held his ex-Smashing Pumpkins bandmates in the highest regard since the original lineup’s final split back in 2000, and he definitely throws another log on the fire of drama that is the band’s post-split relationship in a new interview with NME.
Millions upon millions of fans have seen his penis — and there’s absolutely nothing he can do about it. Luckily, the now 20-something Spencer Elden, who was pictured as the nude baby on the cover of Nirvana‘s multi-platinum 1991 album, ‘Nevermind,’ seems pretty cool about his brush with infamy.
What’s cooler than throwing out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game? Try taking batting practice with the home team before the game. That’s exactly what Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea did with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, one night before the Peppers rocked the nearby US Bank Arena as their summer tour continues to roll across North America.
When it comes to big tips, there are big tips, and then there are big tips! Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl reportedly left one lucky bartender at the Smith and Wollensky restaurant in Philadelphia’s swanky Rittenhouse Square Hotel something that would definitely fall into the latter category recently when he reportedly laid down $1,000 after ordering a single drink. Yes, you read that correctly — that’s a one followed by three zeros for just one drink.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman and pro-wrestling fanatic Billy Corgan is working on creating a reality TV show focused on his new Chicago-based wrestling company Resistance Pro — and he reveals that he’s been doing a lot of “behind-the-scenes stuff” to make it happen.
Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki is a man of many talents, but who knew one of those was playing the mighty tambourine? Nowitzki has had a little extra free time on his giant hands this year after his defending NBA Champion Mavs got swept out of the playoffs in the first round by the Oklahoma City Thunder. What’s he been doing with his time off? Would you believe he’s been rocking out with the Avett Brothers?
The Smashing Pumpkins reportedly turned in a sprawling, 19-song set at the Rock in Rio festival on Saturday (May 25) in Lisbon, Portugal, which included covers of classics by rockers David Bowie and Kiss. During the gig, the Pumpkins also were able to reach back into the early part of their career, playing three songs from 1993′s ‘Siamese Dream’ (including singles ‘Cherub Rock’ and ‘Today’) and another five from 1995′s ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’ (including hits ‘Bullet with Butterfly Wings,’ ‘1979’ and ‘Tonight, Tonight’).
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