Smashing Pumpkins Frontman Hints Next Album Might Be the Last

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Between bad-mouthing former members of the band as well as fellow contemporaries and posing with cats and creating shows based on wrestling, it’s almost shocking that Billy Corgan has had the time to record a new album.

Just yesterday, the Smashing Pumpkins released their new album Moments to an Elegy which features all four recently released singles, “Drum + Fife,” “Being Beige,” “One and All,” and “Tiberius.”

During an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Corgan hinted that the band’s next album, 2015’s Day for Night, might just be their last one.

“The next album is like the end, end, end” he admitted when he was asked about the pre-planning that went into making the ongoing trilogy a reality.

Moments to an Elegy marks the second installment of their Teargarden by Kaleidyscope trilogy which began with 2012’s Oceania.

But with Corgan, you can never be too sure about what he means by “the end”; is it the end for the band or the end of the trilogy.

“Honestly, I think the fanbase is gone,” said Corgan to the reporter.

“I would define a fan as someone who explores the depths of the artist’s work and allows the artist to show you something. It’s not up to the artist to walk you by the hand. I don’t think there are many of those people who exist. I’d say they’re in the low thousands.”

Sorry Billy, we’re pretty sure the people who went out to buy the new album as well as its predecessors would beg to differ with your opinion.

As usual, we’ll take Corgan’s hint of the end with a grain of salt until it’s actually confirmed by everyone in the band.

The Smashing Pumpkins Release “Drum and Fife”

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Fans of the Smashing Pumpkins have gotten yet another early Thanksgiving gift from the band; a brand new song.

Today, Billy Corgan and company debuted a new track titled “Drum + Fife.” The new song will be featured on the band’s upcoming new album, Moments to an Elegy due out next month.

You can check out the YouTube audio video for the song which features a chubby-checked Corgan as a toddler (according to Wiki, the singer was 13 months old at the time the picture was taken) with a drum.

Guess his future as a musician was guaranteed back then, huh?

“Drum + Fife” joins previously released tracks, “Being Beige,” “One and All,” and “Tiberius” which was released earlier this week,on Moments of an Elegy. The new record, the first of two new albums, will be released on Dec. 9.

KROQ Announces Line Up for 2014 Almost Acoustic Christmas

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KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas concert is about to celebrate a milestone this year; its 25th anniversary.

So how else would you celebrate an anniversary that big than with a massive line-up of artists to take the stage at the yearly event.

The Los Angeles-based radio station announced earlier in the day their line-up which includes U2, System of a Down, the Smashing Pumpkins, Tears for Fears, Weezer, Modest Mouse, Interpol, Alt-J, and Incubus.

But, that’s not all. Linkin Park, Rise Against, Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy, Bush, Royal Blood, Vance Joy, and Walk the Moon will also take the stage during the two-day festival.

KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas will take place December 13-14 at the Forum in Inglewood, CA.

Tickets for the show are set to go on sale this Friday, Nov. 14 at Noon PT on Ticketmaster. Tickets for the show can set you back anywhere from $75-$150, but with all those performances, we’re pretty sure it will be money well spent.
For more information about the show, head on over to KROQ’s website.

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Billy Corgan Reveals Reason Behind Drummer’s Firing

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It appears that there was a lot more to the firing of Mike Byrne from the Smashing Pumpkins, at least according to Billy Corgan.

Five months after drummer Byrne was fired from the band, Corgan has revealed, in a lengthy post that might be able to rival some of Morrissey, about the reasoning behind the removal.

In the post, Corgan claims that Byrne required too much “hand-holding” and decided it was in the best interest of the group to get rid of him and bring in seasoned drummer, Tommy Lee for the recording of the Smashing Pumpkins’ next studio album.

We should also point out that Byrne was only 19 years old when he joined SP in 2010. Kind of intimidating for anyone to join a band like the Smashing Pumpkins who have been around longer than you have.

Corgan describes Byrne as a “twitch” and claims his “ADD” stifled the band’s recording process for their second of two new albums. Corgan implies that the drummer found his ideas boring and that it had to do with his generations mindset.

We’re not going to lie Billy, were a little offended by that considering we do own most of your discography.

You can read the full, long-winded post here. Don’t be confused if you see the cover of a Flash comic book on the page because that’s where it all begins.

But apparently things weren’t that bad because Corgan managed to finish recording the first of the two new albums, Monuments to an Elgery which has a release date of Dec. 9. Check out second song to be released from that record, “One and All.”

Billy Corgan Updates Fans on His Memoir’s Word Count

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Billy Corgan definitely has enough material to write a memoir, and it looks like the singer’s life story might be thicker than a full encyclopedia.

The Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman has been working on a memoir titled, God is Everywhere From Here to There for several years now, and a recent update on the project has revealed that he’s already written 200,000 words, but the kicker is the part that he’s not even halfway done.

“A few days prior I crossed the 200,000 word threshold, convinced that the midway point of said opus had been reached,” Corgan revealed in a blog post on the Smashing Pumpkins’ website.
“But this was not so, as only 5 of 12 intended sections had been covered.”

“General indications are that the book will eventually clock in at half a million words,” the frontman added. “Too many I say; but sadly, never enough.”

To put in a perspective that most of us would understand, the average count for a Harry Potter book was well around 150,000 while the Lord of the Rings clock in at around 500,000 words.

Funny enough, Corgan made the prediction of reaching around half a million words, but considering the fact that there are two new Smashing Pumpkins albums in the work, a reissue of Machina, Corgan’s current mission to develop a wrestling series for AMC, and that pesky search for a new drummer, it all indicates that the word count might even surpass his current prediction.