Smashing Pumpkins Debut New Song, Drummer At Sky Saxon Tribute

Scott Lapatine | July 25, 2009 - 10:53 pm

Last night a one-time supergroup dubbed Spirits In The Sky paid tribute to psych-rock pioneer Sky “Sunlight” Saxon at LA’s Echoplex. Bringing together Billy Corgan’s pickup group, Electric Prune bassist Mark Tulin, and Strawberry Alarm Clock keyboardist Mark Weitz, Spirits performed the Norman Greenbaum hit they were named after, the Seeds’ “900 Million People Daily (All Makin’ Love),” and a new Billy-penned song ostensibly intended for a future Pumpkins recording. While introducing the tune (working title: “Freak”) Billy said,”These are the kind of lyrics I never would have written before I met Sky” before dedicating it to his late friend and collaborator. You will have to take his word for it as the vocals in this clip are pretty low. Toward the beginning you’ll see the Pumpkins’ new 19-year-old drummer Mike Byrne in action.

You can hear the vocals better in this incomplete clip.

In financial news, the auction for buying Billy Corgan lunch closed at $15,000. I’ll let you know where we end up dining.