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The Smashing Pumpkins defy easy narratives, but it seems safe to say the band’s “classic era” ended as soon as its “classic lineup” fractured. The Pumpkins’ immortal first three albums — 1991’s Gish, ’93’s Siamese Dream, and ’95’s Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness — were at least superficially created by the quartet of Billy… More »

Every now and then, a band releases a collection of B-sides and outtakes and otherwise semi-available material that transcends the notion of an artist emptying the vaults to buy a bit of time between full-fledged albums, or simply trying to cash in a bit. (We’re going to be talking about a period of time here… More »

Back around the time the Smashing Pumpkins were conquering the world in the mid ’90s, I’m not sure anyone would’ve guessed that Billy Corgan would approach middle age and his second decade as a public artist quite as he has. Of all the artists from America’s ’90s alt-boom, Corgan remains the most relevant and vital… More »

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Watch The Smashing Pumpkins Get Soy Bombed Twice In New Jersey

The Smashing Pumpkins’ tour with Marilyn Manson rolled into new Jersey’s PNC Bank Arts Center last night, and as Alternative Nation, they suffered two separate stage-crashing incidents — one during “1979,” another during “Disarm.” Something about those Billy Corgan ballads must give Pumpkins fans the courage to go all “Soy Bomb” on his ass. Corga… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 30, 2015 - 10:23 am

Billy Corgan Braves Disneyland

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By: Peter Helman / July 24, 2015 - 9:32 pm

Watch Big Brother’s Ridiculous Grunge-Themed Competition

As someone who obsessively (and sorta regretfully) followed Big Brother for about eight years, I can say without hesitation that pretty much all of their competitions are shit. The producers don’t have the tirelessly mapped-out expertise of The Amazing Race or the luxury of exotic locales like Survivor — they’re pretty much limited to a… More »

By: James Rettig / July 22, 2015 - 5:58 pm

Miguel Credits Billy Corgan On Song That Sorta Sounds Like “1979”

I’ve listened to “Leaves,” a song from Miguel’s excellent new album Wildheart, plenty of times, and it’s never once occurred to me that the song sounds anything like the Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979.” But the songs do have similar guitar riffs, and the two tracks were close enough that Miguel contacted Corgan before his album’s release. More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 15, 2015 - 9:18 am

Jimmy Chamberlin Makes Up With Billy Corgan, Rejoins Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan seems to have some serious issues with just about every non-Billy Corgan person who’s ever played in the Smashing Pumpkins, but one guy he always goes back to is Jimmy Chamberlin, the band’s original drummer. Chamberlin started with the Pumpkins in 1988, and other than a brief period where he was kicked out… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 24, 2015 - 9:47 am

Watch Billy Corgan Play A Medley Of Every Song From Gish In 3 Minutes

When we ranked the the Smashing Pumpkins’ discography from Worst To Best back in 2013, the band’s debut full-length Gish landed in the top three. While it might not be considered their best work, Gish was a startling debut, a record that many Pumpkins fans have a strong attachment to, simply because it was the… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 19, 2015 - 10:35 am

The Smashing Pumpkins Have A New Lineup

Billy Corgan’s ever-evolving Smashing Pumpkins lineup just reached its latest iteration. Blabbermouth reports that after playing some gigs with Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk and Killers bassist Mark Stoermer — an arrangement that was always billed as temporary — the Pumpkins will now tour with Robin Diaz on drums and Katie Cole o… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 12, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Billy Corgan Clarifies That Smashing Pumpkins Aren’t Ending … And You Can Still Call Him “Billy”

Billy Corgan has a lot to say. This makes him a massively entertaining interview subject, but — as is common these days — it also occasionally sparks up a slightly contentious relationship with the press, especially when quotes that he feels are misinterpreted or out of context start circulating on the internet. In a new… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 5, 2015 - 4:33 pm

Billy Corgan Calls Out “Feckless Idiots” Of The Music Business On CNBC

Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins is well-known for his controversial opinions, and he recently appeared on CNBC to sound off about the state of the music industry, which he says is run by “feckless idiots.” According to Corgan, the tech industry is blowing music out of the water in terms of innovation, and that’… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 12, 2015 - 3:54 pm

The Smashing Pumpkins’ Summer Tour To Benefit Veterans

Billy Corgan has been sporting a military haircut for something like 20 years. And when he heads out on tour this summer, he’ll be helping to raise awareness and resources for America’s military veterans. The band is partnering with the veterans’ organization the Easter Seals Dixon Center for their End Times tour this summer. The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 6, 2015 - 8:35 am

Billy Corgan Becomes Writer For TNA Wrestling

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is a longtime pro wrestling fan who, in recent years, has been involved with the small Chicago indie wrestling company Resistance Pro. He parted ways with the company when an in-the-works AMC reality show fell apart. But now he’s moving on to a much bigger company. TNA Wrestling ha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 27, 2015 - 11:18 am

Watch The Smashing Pumpkins Go Electric On Fallon, Acoustic On Good Morning America

Last night, Billy Corgan brought his new lineup of the Smashing Pumpkins to The Tonight Show, where they served as musical guests. This was sort of an all-star lineup of the band, and it included the Killers bassist Mark Stoermer and Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk. Stoermer and Wilk have been playing show… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 3, 2015 - 9:13 am

The Smashing Pumpkins – “Drum + Fife” Video

The Smashing Pumpkins have shared a video for the Monuments To An Elegy track “Drum + Fife,” which was directed by the duo of Robin Antiga and Jimmy Ahlander. “I asked, albeit in an allegorical way, for the video to represent what our returning soldiers are going through with PTSD, and I feel that the… More »

By: James Rettig / March 30, 2015 - 9:52 am

Billy Corgan Finally Breaks His Legendary Silence About Kanye’s Grammys Intrusion

I’m sure we’ve all been wondering what Billy Corgan thinks about Kanye West’s latest stage-crashing incident, and now we know! Corgan appeared on Channel 7’s The Morning Show in Australia yesterday, and as Faster Louder reports, Corgan shared some lengthy thoughts about his fellow Chicagoan. Thoughts like these:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 26, 2015 - 10:14 am

Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon Has Some Harsh Words For Courtney Love And Billy Corgan In New Memoir

Kim Gordon’s memoir, Girl In A Band, is out next month, and while I personally haven’t read the thing, what little I’ve read about it suggests it’s going to be totally fascinating. The new issue of Vogue includes an excerpt, in which Gordon offers some details about her move to New York City in 1979… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 3, 2015 - 4:34 pm

The Smashing Pumpkins – “Being Beige” Video

Billy Corgan done did it this time! Last year, Corgan’s Smashing Pumpkins released their strong new album Monuments To An Elegy, and now they’ve made a video for first single “Being Beige,” a beautifully twinkly dream-rock anthem. The video has lots of what you might expect from a latter-day Pumpkins video: Extreme close-ups of Corga… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 19, 2015 - 10:06 am

Billy Corgan Says He Recently Turned Down An Offer To Write For Miley Cyrus

Billy Corgan stays saying amazing things in interviews. During a recent session with the French rock radio station OUI FM, the hosts asked Corgan whether he’d rather tour with Courtney Love or Miley Cyrus, and he picked Miley, saying some nice things about her along the way. In talking about Cyrus, Corgan also casually mentioned… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 30, 2014 - 11:19 am

Watch The Smashing Pumpkins Rock Convincingly On Kimmel

Remember when the Smashing Pumpkins did “Zero” on Saturday Night Live? Remember how great that was? People should put the Smashing Pumpkins on TV more often. Even if sometimes they do stuff like this. Further evidence: Billy Corgan and his current backing band were on Jimmy Kimmel Live, playing the outdoor festival stage and doing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 11, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Watch The Smashing Pumpkins & Die Antwoord’s Ninja Cover David Bowie

Billy Corgan has always shown an admirable commitment to random shit, but I don’t think he’s done anything quite this high on the “wait, what” scale since he dated Tila Tequila. At a Paris show over the weekend, Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins played a rocked-up and virtually unlistenable cover of David Bowie’s 1975 almost-funk… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 10, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Billy Corgan On The Smashing Pumpkins: “The Fanbase Is Gone”

Billy Corgan may have just put out the ninth Smashing Pumpkins album, but he doesn’t seem to have much faith in the people who got him to where he is. In a new interview with The Wall Street Journal that was conducted a few weeks ago, Corgan was asked who the typical Smashing Pumpkins fa… More »

By: James Rettig / December 9, 2014 - 10:05 pm
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