The Smashing Pumpkins have been tapped to headline the final night of the Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 120 Hours in Austin concert series, a five-day event taking place this week in Austin that kicked off yesterday (March 12), runs through Saturday (March 16) and is free with RSVP. The Sword, Ringo Deathstarr and Girl in a Coma are also slated to perform on Saturday night, finishing up a week of gigs that's considered a teaser for the rest of the Sound Select 2013 program.
Smashing Pumpkins will spend the next several months on a world tour that includes headline dates and festival appearances sprinkled all over the globe, the band announced today. Expect a set list that covers the group's entire songbook, from the classics of the early to the mid-'90s through 2012's 'Oceania.'
One of the most thrilling things about SXSW is the bevvy of secret shows and surprise performances -- not to mention the unsubstantiated and unconfirmed rumors leading up to the big event in Austin. The latest "are they or aren't they?" band said to be planning a surprise gig? Smashing Pumpkins!
Billy Corgan had flashed glimpses of his love for electronic music in the past -- a drum machine here, a tickle of synths there -- but it wasn't until the Smashing Pumpkins' 1998 release 'Adore' that he truly embraced his digital muse. And what a time to do it -- following their multi-platinum 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,' 'Adore' was considered "one of the most anticipated albums of 1998" by MTV, and the recent departure of drummer extraordinaire Jimmy Chamberlin likely provided the push needed to break out the drum machine.
Here’s what happened to the Smashing Pumpkins between 1995, the year they released their two-disc epic ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,’ and 2000, when they released their fifth album, ‘Machina / The Machines of God’: Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin OD’ed while hanging out before a show with the Pumpkins’ touring keyboardist, who also overdosed but died. Chamberlin was kicked out of the band. The remaining members made the toned-down and boring ‘Adore’ in 1998. Original bass player D’arcy Wretzky left. Billy Corgan’s ego got massively huge.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman and guitarist Billy Corgan is a lifelong wrestling fan, and rather than love it from a distance, as most fans would, the rocker has launched his own Resistance Pro Wrestling promotion company. To further demonstrate his love for the entertainment sport, and for his native city, Corgan appears in a wrestling-themed commercial for the Chicago furniture store Walter E. Smithe's.
You’ve seen them at parties, lurking in the corner, waiting to engage in battle disguised as conversation. They’re indie rock know-it-alls, and no matter what band or musician you mention, they’ve got an opinion — strong and almost certainly negative — ready to ram down your throat. With Instant Expert, we offe