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Billy Corgan had an eventful weekend. On Friday, he put on his spookiest evening gown and played “G.L.O.W.” and “Tarantula” for Jimmy Kimmel. The next day, his Pumpkins headlined a Guitar Hero World Tour launch party in West Hollywood, where they debuted new tune “As Rome Burns” and covered Simon & Garfunkel (“Sounds Of Silence”) and Pink Floyd (“Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun”). Then, at Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit on Sunday, the band performed two more new songs (“Owata” and “A Song For A Son”) and Alt.Nation classic “Disarm” with Josh Groban. Got all that? Let’s take look/listen at those last three songs, along with a new blog post from Mr. Corgan informing us James and D’Arcy “aren’t ever coming back. Period.”

“As Rome Burns”

“Sounds Of Silence”

“Song For A Son”

“Disarm” (With Josh Groban)

Wonder if they bonded over the Paul Simon songbook.

Finally, Billy blogs from the San Jose airport earlier today:

I’ve noticed in the run-up to the tour a few indications that seem to think that we are sentimental in announcing our 20th anniversary extravaganza. When you see the total set-list, particularly for the black crosses and white sunshine shows (or is it the other way round?), I don’t think terms like ’harkening back’ or ’sentimental’ will be the words that will come to mind. This tour is a celebration of where we are, not where we’ve been. We are HERE! (With a big smile and a foot in your back) Enjoy it if you will, we realize its not for everybody. For that you have a whole army of fellaciators (is that even a word?) to gratefully service you. These are not angry words, by the way. We are having fun. Yes, who would have thunk it that after 20 years (or 21, who’s counting?) we would not only be alive, but also loving our jobs and our shows and our experience of being in this group. The rest can go play their sad games of dominion and bridge-burning (meaning ubiquitous band 101 and 102). We have been there and have learned the lesson that there is no joy in it. Its a dead man’s dance. Saying something as simple as ’we are real’ is not grandiosity, it is fact. We are all real. We are all here. Life is an opportunity. We choose our opportunities wisely. Believe it or not we know what we are doing when we don’t get along, don’t play nice or fake our way thru the oblivion. So what about the consequences!!? What is life for if you don’t make some waves or save a soul here or there? If anyone comes to this tour expecting a hand-holding, teary-eyed tribute to a dead band, forget it. That is long gone. Outside of 9 shows in 1999, that band hasn’t existed whole since 1996.

Let me take this pause then to say a few things about our former bandmates…

We absolutely, without reservation, honor James and D’arcy. There is no qualification to that statement. We honor them IN FULL. They were there, then. And together we did some incredible things. But let me go one step further. When Jimmy and I decided to move forward and begin again with SP we very openly addressed the question of James and D’arcy returning. We spoke honestly with each other about our feelings and personal reservations, and decided together that the door was open to them to return. Because it was the right thing to do. Honestly though it wasn’t suprising to us that they didn’t want to return, because that was consistent with their general position to date (and continues to be I might add), which is they see the band as something that they got away from for their own reasons. There were no conditions ever put on a return. They simply didn’t even want the conversation with us.

I can now say definitively that they aren’t ever coming back. Period. There is no maybe. If the door was once open to at least have the conversation and consider the possibility, it is now closed. For good. We have moved on. We love them, and we wish them well.

The Smashing Pumpkins are now whoever is standing on that stage, on any given day, with a willingness to play those songs. Not just any songs, those songs. Because its not just what we play, its how we play them. The music MUST come first. And that’s just the way it is. And to the credit of Bruce Hornsby on the whim of a memory, some things will never change. We are who we are. I know what I see. I see what I know. And nothing I know compares to you…

I am not crazy. I am just free. The Smashing too now are free, and in that we are truly insane from the mad beat.

God Bless, with love from the 7th ray and the rainbow at the end of my heart,
William

Phew. I didn’t excerpt his insights on the busy weekend, so head to smashingpumpins.com to read the entire post.

Now would be a good time to highlight SP’s fall tour dates. Note that for those venues hosting two consecutive nights the setlists will be completely different.

10/31 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
11/01 – Cleveland, OH @ Palace Theatre
11/03 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
11/04 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
11/06 – New York, NY @ United Palace
11/07 – New York, NY @ United Palace
11/08 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa
11/11 – Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
11/12 – Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
11/14 – Boston, MA @ Citi Performing Arts Center
11/15 – Boston, MA @ Citi Performing Arts Center
11/16 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
11/18 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
11/19 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
11/21 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
11/22 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
11/24 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
11/25 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
11/26 – Saint Louis, MO @ Fabulous Fox Theatre
11/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater
11/30 – La Jolla, CA @ RIMAC Arena
12/02 – Universal City, CA @ Gibson Amph. At Univ. CityWalk
12/03 – Universal City, CA @ Gibson Amph. At Univ. CityWalk

Comments (22)
  1. Malkmus  |   Posted on Oct 27th, 2008 0

    I could really give a fuck.

    • A-Train  |   Posted on Oct 27th, 2008 0

      CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’VE WON THE COMMENT OF THE CENTURY! MAY THE INDIE CRED RAIN DOWN ON YOU FROM THE HEAVENS!

    • what you meant to say, I presume, is “I COULDN’T give a fuck”
      what you said is actually a compliment, if anything.
      there’s a difference, see if you can work it out.

  2. Lonnie Pigford  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2008 0

    Woah, someone quoting “Range Life” in response to a post about Smashing Pumpkins. Didn’t see that one coming.

  3. Mike  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2008 0

    I was at this show – terribly disappointing. “The Pumpkins” (aka Zwan 2.0) was the band I was really looking forward to seeing, and their set was the most disappointing. Nothing but crappy new songs, and for the one old song they bought out Josh fucking Groban to sing it.

    The only highlight of the set was the guy a couple rows in front of me who stood up during a quiet part and kept yelling “Where’s D’Arcy?”. Maybe the correct thing to yell would be “Where’s the Pumpkins?”

  4. Yea, I was listening to MatIS and Machina 2(which isn’t too bad)..and I thought to myself…What Happened?

  5. what’s more upsetting?

    smashing pumpkins without james and d’arcy

    or….

    smashing pumpkins with josh groban

    wtf?

    discuss….

    or let me know at

    http://edgarapollo.blogspot.com

    • Evan  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2008 0

      What’s more upsetting?
      This guy having an opinion?
      Or this guy advertising his blog?
      discuss……

  6. ZOD  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2008 0

    i will never click the link to your blog, sir! I DEFY YOU!

  7. Well Hung Ike  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2008 0

    Most overrated squeeze-the-Charmin band ever.

  8. gary  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2008 0

    Now’s the time to chime in with my usual “You do realize Billy Corgan played 95% of everything on every Smashing Pumpkins album and James and D’arcy were just stage props right? You want THEM back?”

    I guess new band members who can actually play things capably is a step down?

    You could always go to one of those Stone Temple Pilots shows and see all of them to get your 90s kicks!

  9. My mom loves Josh Groban! and I love my mom…. therefore .. I .. love Josh Groban!?

    mmeh I am okay with that. Maybe Billy is just trying to have some of Groban’s CD sales rub off on him.

    newrockstarphilosophy.com

  10. Dr.Kronski  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2008 0

    That English Daily Show guy is certainly getting around…

  11. JOSH FUCKING GROBAN?

    It’s like someone just went back in time and while I wasn’t looking dropped a big stinky turd on my prized copy of Siamese Dream.

    Suck it Billy!

  12. Has anyone noticed Billy wrote the word “thunk”. . . ?

  13. zayin_451  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2008 0

    “The Smashing Pumpkins are now whoever is standing on that stage, on any given day, with a willingness to play those songs.”

    Now you too could be the Smashing Pumpkins! Come now! Be a member of the Communist Republic of Smashing Pumpkins! Billy loves you and will never let you down!

  14. camma  |   Posted on Oct 29th, 2008 0

    I don’t care what any of you faggots say the Pumpkins new shit rocks, all those of you who only want to here there old “Hits” should just stay home chuck on your fav Fall out boy or Foo Fighters CD and keep sucking on ya mommas milk. Pumpkins Rock

  15. Syd  |   Posted on Oct 29th, 2008 0

    Haha… Josh Groban forgot the line “the bitterness of one who’s left alone.” That was awkward. Billy will probably kick him out of the Pumpkins now.

  16. Lee  |   Posted on Oct 30th, 2008 0

    Possibly the worst show of my life, putting a damper on a wonderful day of acoustic music. Billy Corgan will receive not a cent more from me, EVER, and I implore people to stel his music and rob that motherfucker blind.

    Josh fucking Groban… You bald, turncoat, burned out, asshole son of a bitch, Corgan. You had to invite that warbling fuck on stage to ruin a beautiful song. What the fuck is wrong with you!? Fucking douchebag.

  17. Lonnie Pigford  |   Posted on Oct 31st, 2008 0

    Pumpkins = Shark Jumped

  18. cls  |   Posted on Nov 20th, 2008 0

    worst show, corgans comic routine- not funny such as mocking the audience, playing tweetie birds, kazoos, corgans drum solo and rubbing the guitar on the drum??? and you poor people out there who had to have another song ruined with josh….I could not even imagine how you all most of felt with another ruined song!!! We all asked for it since I never checked the reviews before I bought the tickets…If I would have I would not have gone because I would have trusted the 90% of people who said it was the worst concert ever. I was there tuesday night in chicago FRONT ROW which was close enough, eyeball to eyeball, to view the bands, I could care less about being here, lifeless dead dismal hole in their eyes. (except the horn players) it’s hard to believe, isn’t it….how could you hate your high paying job that much?????

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