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Smashing Pumpkins reunion tour finally confirmed but it’s gonna be without D’arcy… the tour is pretty massive too!!!

When it comes to the Smashing Pumpkins reuniting with its original members, people wonder how long the tour is gonna be. Would it be a one-off show, a short tour or a full one? Turns out the tour is gonna be a full tour. Check out the tour dates on the band’s official website. The tour is pretty massive.

The Smashing Pumpkins members are confirmed too with Billy, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha all coming back. Jeff Schroeder is also coming back who first joined the band in 2007.

http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/

What will the band play on the tour? Will it be a greatest hits show or will the band play obscure songs from the Pumpkins catalogue of music? I think a little bit of both. With this massive tour, they’ll try to play as much as they can from their discography of albums. I think they’ll definitely play everything from “Gish”, “Siamese Dream” and “Mellie Collie” especially.

Sure, Billy Corgan may have been against greatest hits tours in the past but maybe he changed his mind? Billy probably thought to himself, “Lets celebrate the history of the Pumpkins by celebrating with the fans” and that’s what it’s all about the way I look at it.

Will the Pumpkins record a new studio record after the tour? Never say never on that one. It could be a possibility. They’ll probably write new songs while out on the road. Who knows what may happen. They might already have new songs that they could play on the tour as well.

Glad the band is back finally. I’m a longtime Pumpkins fan. Have been from the very beginning. I never saw the band myself but would love to.

Hopefully the band releases a live DVD/CD set of this new tour and I’m sure they will.

Kev

Report: Billy Corgan recruits 19 year old drummer to replace Jimmy Chamberlin of the Smashing Pumpkins…

A 19 year old drummer who plays for an Oregon based local band gets the opportunity of a life time. Being the official drummer for the Smashing Pumpkins. Who is he? His name is Mike Byrne, who plays drums for the Oregon band: Moses, Smell the Roses…

http://www.myspace.com/satisfactosaurus

Mike has been working with Billy Corgan for quite a while, seems that Billy is so impressed that he calls him the future of the Smashing Pumpkins.

More on it here:

http://www.nme.com/news/the-smashing-pumpkins/45218

Congratulations to Mike and all the best. Just don’t let Billy Corgan’s huge ego get all over you!

Kev

Report: Billy Corgan looking for new drummer for the Smashing Pumpkins, this is for all drummers, not just famous ones…

Are you a drummer who is not famous playing in a unsigned band in your local area, and you’re sick to death of playing shitty bars and clubs? Well, here’s your chance to get the biggest opportunity of a lifetime. Becoming a member of the Smashing Pumpkins. After Jimmy Chamberlin left the band, Billy Corgan is looking for drummers, any drummer. He’s not looking for just famous ones, he’s also looking for any drummer that has talent and skill. Doesn’t matter if the drummer is famous or signed or not.

If you’re a drummer and think you have what it takes to join the Smashing Pumpkins as their full time drummer, Billy is holding an audition for drummers on April 10th in Los Angeles…click here for more information:

http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/03/30/smashing-pumpkins-auditioning-new-drummers-on-april-10th/

I doubt it will happen, but it be kind of sweet if an Albany drummer got accepted to join the Pumpkins.

Kev

Report: Jimmy Chamberlin writes blog on why he left the Smashing Pumpkins…

Jimmy Chamberlin wrote an honest blog on his own website, explaining why he quit the Smashing Pumpkins, after the news hit the web. He admits that he can’t put all of his energy into the music of the Smashing Pumpkins anymore. Sounds like he doesn’t have appreciation and lost interest with the music of the Pumpkins. He has no negative grudge with Billy Corgan, he says he gets along with him fine.

Jimmy says, he will continue to make music with his own band, the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex and he will pursue other musical projects as well. Sounds like he was getting bored in the Pumpkins and wanted to pursue other musical adventures.

Jimmy is right, that it’s Billy Corgan’s right to continue on with the Smashing Pumpkins name without Jimmy. It’s Billy’s band, Billy owns the copyright name to the Smashing Pumpkins, so he does what he pleases with it. The Pumpkins had different band members over the years, happens all the time with all bands.

See Jimmy’s blog here:

http://jimmychamberlincomplex.com/blog/

Kev

Report: Jimmy Chamberlin leaves the Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan records new album by himself…

The longtime Smashing Pumpkins drummer, Jimmy Chamberlin, has left the band…again. Billy Corgan will continue to write music under the Smashing Pumpkins name, but he will record the new album by himself with no other musicians involved.

Billboard reports:

http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/smashing-pumpkins-sheds-chamberlin-billy-1003953891.story

To those who aren’t musicians and don’t know much about music, you ask, “How does a musician record a whole album by himself?” Well it’s easy. Billy plays all instruments, not just guitar, you gotta love the magic of studio. You can record as many tracks as you want and mix ’em together to make ’em sound like a full band. He’s recording the next Smashing Pumpkins album as a one man band kind of thing. Using MIDI instruments and ProTools is also a good tool for doing music by yourself.

When recording in the studio, songwriters don’t really need a live band, they have a choice to be a one man band or play with other musicians to make it sound live.

Kev