The Black Keys, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Strokes to headline Shaky Knees 2020


It’s starting to look a lot like music festival season!

On Wednesday (Nov. 20), Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Festival unveiled its lineup for the 2020 incarnation of the annual event.

Headlining the three-day gig will be The Black Keys, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Strokes.

Joining the already-stacked lineup will be the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Portugal. The Man, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Of Monster and Men, Liam Gallagher (hopefully not throwing shade at this brother for once), Angels and Airwaves, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes fame, The Front Bottoms, The Darkness, and a slew more.

If you thought that was enough, then you would be wrong. According to the official poster for the event, more acts will be announced at a later date.

“I am really excited to bring our fans a lineup that continues to celebrate both up, and coming acts and established powerhouses like the return of headliner The Strokes and first-time headliners The Black Keys and The Smashing Pumpkins,” Shaky Knees founder Tim Sweetwood said in a press statement.

“To be able to produce a world-class festival in my hometown of Atlanta, year after year, is truly special.”

At the time of publication, it was rumored that over 65 artists will take over one of the four stages during the weekend-long show.

Shaky Knees will return to its home of Central Park in downtown Atlanta during the weekend of May 1-3. Tickets are currently on sale on the music festival’s website. There are several packages to pick from, which is good for people who may be strapped for cash cause you know, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are around the corner.

Check out the full lineup below.



Watch the Smashing Pumpkins get their creepy on in ‘Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)’

The Smashing Pumpkins just released a brand new music video and let’s just say, things are about to get ghoulish. On Monday (Oct. 15), the Chicago-founded band unleashed the music video for their latest single “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts).” The six-minute clip begins with the band standing in front of a haunted house surrounded by fans and Mark McGrath.

McGrath plays the role of a DJ from a local radio station that is hosting an interesting challenge. The challenge is simple; spend the full night in the haunted house and the station will donate money to any charity of the winners’ choosing. At first, the band members think it’s going to be an easy challenge, but things start to take a turn for the creepy.

A “Goosebumps”-esque puppet comes to life and steals some glasses. A ghostly figure appears out of nowhere and looks like its ready to take its victim to the afterlife. A set of “twins” appear next to the bed of one of the guys all dressed in white. Then, there’s the ongoing lightning storm in the house that will not go away.

As the guys start roaming the house, they stumble in to a room. Sitting in the room, minding their own business are the shadowy characters while the mastermind behind the creepy encounters is caught red-handed.

Watch the music video for “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)” above. The clip was directed by Corgan and longtime visual collaborator Linda Strawberry.

“Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)” is featured on the Smashing Pumpkins’ upcoming new album, Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1: No Past. No Future. No Sun. The forthcoming Rick Rubin-produced record is due out Nov. 16.

Though the band has spent most of 2018 on the road in support of their reunion, the group has announced a handful of intimate anniversary shows. Those dates can be seen below.


Oct. 16 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena
Oct. 18 – Bologna, IT @ Unipol Arena
Nov. 28 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
Nov. 30 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Dec. 01 – St. Louis, MO @ Stifel Theatre
Dec. 02 – Tulsa, IK @ Brady Theater
Dec. 04 – San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden Theater
Dec. 06 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
Dec. 07 – Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa

Listen: Smashing Pumpkins return with new song ‘Solara’

Months after announcing a partial original lineup reunion, the Smashing Pumpkins have unleashed the quasi-reunion’s first new song in 18 years. On Friday (June 8), the Chicago-founded group premiered their new tune, “Solara.” Listen to the brand new song above which clearly sounds like it could find a home among the group’s early records.

Per a statement from the Smashing Pumpkins, “Solara” was recorded at Shangri La Studios in Malibu, California with super-producer Rick Rubin and the band’s longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder. While the Smashing Pumpkins have yet to confirm whether this song will be featured on their new, in-the-works album, it’s safe to assume that the new tune will be included on its track listing.

Back in February, frontman Billy Corgan confirmed that three-fourths of the original lineup —Corgan, guitarist James Iha, and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin— had reunited and were about to begin recording eight new songs with Rubin.

Hopes for a full reunion were squashed earlier this year when former bassist D’arcy Wretzky claimed that Corgan had purposely left her out of the gathering. While Wretzky spoke publicly about her issues and Corgan, the band took the press statement route and responded with “Ms. Wretzky has repeatedly been invited out to play with the group, participate in demo sessions, or at the very least, meet face-to-face, and in each and every instance she always deferred.”

In support of their reunion, and new music, the Smashing Pumpkins will hit the road this summer for their “Shiny and Oh So Bright” tour. The “Shiny and Oh So Bright” tour will begin on July 12 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona and conclude almost two months later on Sept. 7 at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho.

The trek will find the band performing at arenas in major cities across the continent including Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Montreal, New York, Boston, and of course the band’s hometown of Chicago.

The tour’s set list will reportedly include songs from the band’s first five albums; 1991’s Gish, 1993’s Siamese Dream, 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, 1998’s Adore, and 2000’s Machina/The Machines of God.

The complete itinerary for the “Shiny and Oh So Bright” tour can be found here.

Smashing Pumpkins announce ‘Shiny and Oh So Bright’ summer tour

Let’s file this under “news we already knew about.” Following days of teasing on social media and a countdown clock on their website, the Smashing Pumpkins have finally confirmed plans to hit the road this summer. On Thursday (Feb. 15), the Chicago-founded band officially announced their “reunion” tour. The tour, which has been named the “Shiny and Oh So Bright” tour, will feature three-fourths of the original lineup (frontman Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha, and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin) performing at venues across North America.

The “Shiny and Oh So Bright” tour will kick off on July 12 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona and wrap up almost two months later on Sept. 7 at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho. The trek will also include stops in major cities across the continent such as Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Montreal, New York, Boston, and of course the band’s hometown of Chicago.

Tickets for all the shows will go on sale beginning next Friday, Feb. 23. According to the band’s tour announcement video, which can be seen above, the group will perform tracks from their first five albums; 1991’s Gish, 1993’s Siamese Dream, 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, 1998’s Adore, and 2000’s Machina/The Machines of God.

As evident by all the back and forth in the press between Corgan and former bassist D’arcy Wretzky, Wretzky will not be included in the upcoming tour.

The complete tour itinerary for the “Shiny and Oh So Bright” tour can be seen below.


July 12 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
July 14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
July 16 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
July 17 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
July 18 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
July 20 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
July 21 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum!New york, Boston, and o Centre
July 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
July 24 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
July 25 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
July 27 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
July 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
July 29 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
July 31 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Aug. 01 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Aug. 04 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Aug. 05 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
Aug. 07 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Aug. 08 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Aug. 11 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
Aug. 13 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
Aug. 16 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Aug. 17 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Aug. 19 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Aug. 20 – Omaha, NE @ Centurylink Center
Aug. 21 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
Aug. 24 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
Aug. 25 – Portland, OR @ MODA Center
Aug. 27 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
Aug. 28 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
Aug. 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Forum
Sept. 01 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
Sept. 02 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Sept. 04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
Sept. 05 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Sept. 07 – Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center

The Smashing Pumpkins Announce Acoustic Tour


After a year full of touring, The Smashing Pumpkins have announced they will once again hit the road. On Monday (Feb. 1), the ’90s band revealed a tour schedule for the spring. The tour will be an acoustic trek, very much like 2015’s “In Plainsong Tour.” The excursion is scheduled to kick off on March 22 at the Schnitzer Hall in Portland, OR. The 19-date tour will then wrap up a month later on April 20 the Cullen Performance Hall in Houston.

Heading out on the road alongside Billy Corgan and company will be Liz Phair. Pre-sale tickets for the tour are scheduled to go on sale beginning Tuesday, Feb. 2. The complete itinerary can be seen below.


03/22 – Portland, OR @ Schnitzer Hall *
03/23 – Seattle, WA @ The Paramount *
03/25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic *
03/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel *
03/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel *
03/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall *
03/30 – Denver, CO @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House *
04/01 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore *
04/02 – Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre *
04/04 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre *
04/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre *
04/09 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre *
04/10 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre *
04/12 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *
04/14 – Chicago, IL @ Civic Opera House *
04/15 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theater *
04/16 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium *
04/18 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater *
04/19 – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall *
04/20 – Houston, TX @ Cullen Performance Hall *

* = w/ Liz Phair

In addition to the tour announcement, the press release also teased that there might be some new music on the horizon. The release makes reference to the band following up the tour with a “new recording,” though additional information about that was non-existent. If new music is on the horizon, it will be the band’s first new album in since the release of 2014’s Monuments to an Elegy.

Marilyn Manson and Billy Corgan Cover “Girls Just Wanna to Have Fun”


Well, this is definitely one way to have your tour remembered for years to come.

During the Nashville date of their joint tour, Marilyn Manson was joined on stage by Billy Corgan for a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” While that might not seem so out of the ordinary (the song was originally supposed to be sung by a guy), the duo decided to take a religious turn in how it was covered.

Manson was onstage dressed as a preacher for his own song, “Antichrist Superstar,” when Corgan joined him on stage dressed up as a nun. That’s when they began to sing a cover of the hit 80s song with a twist. Instead of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” the changed the lyrics to “Nuns Just Wanna Have Fun.”

It’s not like we expected any less from the two of them. Check out the fan shot video below and try not to laugh at it.

Smashing Pumpkins to Welcome Back Original Member


While the Smashing Pumpkins have become a revolving door of musicians with only frontman Billy Corgan being the constant, the singer has revealed that an original member will be returning.

In an interview with USA Today, Corgan revealed that original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is set to return to the band for their co-headlining “The End Times Tour” with Marilyn Manson.

Chamberlin last appeared with the group in 2009.

Currently, the band are in the middle of an acoustic tour which doesn’t necessarily mean they need a drummer during the trek. Then, the realization hit Corgan, a drummer was needed for the upcoming trek.

“We suddenly found ourselves in the situation of not having anybody lined up,” said Corgan.

“We knew we could do the acoustic tour with some backing tapes and drum machines, stuff like that, but we’re also looking at the Manson tour in three weeks,” he continued.

“You can’t just grab somebody and say, ‘Play drums on this Smashing Pumpkins song. Jimmy’s drum parts are so incredibly technical and nuanced that it’s a very rare class of people that can step in and play.”

The publication was able to get in touch with Chamberlin about his return to the band and what it was like being asked by Corgan to return.

“He asked if there was any way I’d consider coming back for the tour. It’s a great opportunity not only to celebrate the music, but to celebrate the friendship and the legacy,” said Chamberlin.

“The End Times Tour” is slated to kick off on July 7 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA and will wrap up on Aug. 8 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati.

Corgan also revealed during the interview that once that tour wraps, he and guitarist Jeff Schroeder will head directly into the studio to start working on some new music which will become the follow-up to their recently released Day for Night.

“We hope to have this next album out at the beginning of next year and a single out by the end of this year,” said Corgan.

“So we’re on a really hectic schedule.”

For full tour dates for “The End Time Tour,” you can find them here.

The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson Bury Hatchet with Tour


After 20 years of hating each other, Marilyn Manson and Smashing Pumpkins frontman, Billy Corgan (or is it William Corgan?) have decided to bury the hatchet in a big way; by going on tour together.

Since their olive branch announcement last year, the two performers have been taking any chance possible to show their new-found respect for one an other.

The tour which has been named “The End Times” tour and will begin on July 7 in Concord, CA at the Concord Pavilion and will wrap up a month later on August 8 at Cincinnati’s Riverbend Music Center.

Full dates can be seen below.


07/07 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
07/09 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07/10 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
07/11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
07/13 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
07/15 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
07/16 – Houston, TX @ NRG Arena
07/18 – San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
07/19 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live
07/20 – New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
07/22 – Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
07/24 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
07/25 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
07/26 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
07/28 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
07/29 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
07/31 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
08/01 – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
08/02 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
08/04 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
08/05 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/07 – Chicago, IL @ FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
08/08 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center

The tour comes on the heels of the singers performing together during two different shows; one in London last December and the other earlier this month at Sydney’s Soundwave Music Festival.

The Smashing Pumpkins will be supporting their recently released album, Monuments To An Elegy while Manson will be promoting The Pale Emperor which was released earlier this year.

Pre-sales for selected dates begin today at 10 am CT while general public sales begin on Friday, April 3.

Marilyn Manson Joins Billy Corgan on Stage at Soundwave


After 15 years, Billy Corgan and Marilyn Manson have buried the Courtney Love-influenced hatchet that had both musicians hating each other for quite sometime.

As their olive branch last year, Manson joined Corgan on stage during a Smashing Pumpkins gig in London to perform “Ava Adore,” from the Smashing Pumpkins’ fourth album, Adore.

Now, it looks like Manson and Corgan are really trying to rekindle their friendship with Manson, once again, joining Corgan on stage during Soundwave this past weekend in Sydney, Australia.

Check out the fanshot video featuring Corgan and Manson singing “Ava Adore” for the huge crowd at the festival.

But it seems like Corgan and Manson aren’t the only ones burying the lengthy hatchet. Courtney Love posted a picture on Instagram with both men claiming that they were burying the hatchet as well.


With all three artists’ busy schedule, it’s a shock that they had time to be hating on each other.

Corgan the rest of The Smashing Pumpkin released the second installment of their Teargarden by Kaleidyscope trilogy, Monuments To An Elegy, on Dec. 9.

Manson released his new album, The Pale Emperor on Jan. 20 and headed out on his “Hell Not Hallelujah” tour which wrapped up in February. He also guest-starred in the final season of Sons of Anarchy.

Love also had a guest starring role on Sons of Anarchy which led to a crappy interaction during the season premiere party which quickly made headlines. We guess their hatchet for that was also buried. Love most recently guest-starred on FOX’s hit drama, Empire, where she played a druggy singer on the verge of losing her record contract.

The Smashing Pumpkins Are Just “Being Beige”

Months after releasing their new album, The Smashing Pumpkins have released the music video for their “first” single off of the record, “Being Beige.

The video begins with images of what looks like the Moon with craters and all when all of a sudden close-ups of frontman, Billy Corgan, begin to be splice i between the random shots featured in the video.

In between shots of Corgan and his band members, we see more shots of the Moon, some twins who are set on fire, and other things. Honestly, we’re not sure what’s going on, but maybe this is what it looks like to be inside of Corgan’s head.

Check out the music video below.

“Being Beige” was featured on Moments to an Elegy, the second installation of their Teargarden by Kaleidyscope trilogy which began with 2012’s Oceania.

In a recent interview, Corgan revealed that the last installation of the Teargarden by Kaleidyscope album, Day for Night might be their last record as a band.

He also said that the sound for  Day for Night might be heading in a more rock sound; no more arty rock. He said that while listening to demos for the final record, he realized that he wanted to make an album that his teenage self would like.

Now that’s something we could get behind (and understand).