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Smashing Pumpkins News

Billy Corgan to release experimental private press album with $60 (£36) price tag

'AEGEA' will be released in the next six to eight weeks

  • Apr 9, 2014

Billy Corgan shares more details of new Smashing Pumpkins songs

The frontman also updated fans on progress on his "spiritual memoir"

  • Apr 5, 2014

Billy Corgan to play gig inspired by the poetry of 13th century mystic Rumi

The free show takes place this Sunday at Corgan's Chicago tea shop

  • Mar 28, 2014

US TV network behind 'Breaking Bad' working on new show about Billy Corgan's wrestling league

AMC looking to "pull back the curtains" on Corgan's Resistance Pro operation

  • Mar 28, 2014

Smashing Pumpkins to release two new albums in 2015

The group will have a new single out by the end of this year, frontman Billy Corgan confirms

  • Mar 26, 2014

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Smashing Pumpkins Music Videos

I Am One Play Video

I Am One

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Try, Try, Try Play Video

Try, Try, Try

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Siva Play Video

Siva

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Cherub Rock Play Video

Cherub Rock

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Rhinoceros Play Video

Rhinoceros

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Smashing Pumpkins Reviews

Smashing Pumpkins - 'Oceania'

Smashing Pumpkins - 'Oceania'

Billy’s back with a new band, and it’s not that bad…

  • Jun 12, 2012

Smashing Pumpkins

American Gothic

  • Feb 22, 2008

Smashing Pumpkins

Tarantula

  • Jul 13, 2007

Smashing Pumpkins: Zeitgeist

They say you should never go back, but Billy just couldn’t resist

  • Jul 3, 2007

Smashing Pumpkins: Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Thursday May 31

Sci-fi rock rides the greatest hits galactica

  • Jun 18, 2007

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Smashing Pumpkins Biography

The Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, created in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan (lead vocals, lead guitar) and James Iha (rhythm guitar), the band has included Jimmy Chamberlin (drums), D'arcy Wretzky (bass guitar), Melissa Auf der Maur (bass guitar), and currently includes Mike Byrne (drums), Nicole Fiorentino (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Jeff Schroeder (rhythm guitar) among its membership.

Disavowing the punk rock roots of many of their alt-rock contemporaries, the Pumpkins have a diverse, densely layered, and guitar-heavy sound, containing elements of gothic rock, heavy metal, dream pop, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, shoegazing, and electronica in later recordings. Corgan is the group's primary songwriter--his grand musical ambitions and cathartic lyrics have shaped the band's albums and songs, which have been described as "anguished, bruised reports from Billy Corgan's nightmare-land".

The Smashing Pumpkins broke into the musical mainstream with their second album, 1993's Siamese Dream. The group built its audience with extensive touring and their 1995 follow-up, the double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. With 20 million albums sold in the United States alone, the Smashing Pumpkins was one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands of the 1990s. However, internal fighting, drug use, and diminishing record sales led to a 2000 break-up.

In 2006, Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin reconvened to record a new Smashing Pumpkins album, Zeitgeist. The band toured with a rotating lineup of between five and nine musicians through much of 2007 and 2008 with new member Jeff Schroeder before Chamberlin left the band in early 2009. New drummer Mike Byrne and bassist Nicole Fiorentino solidified a new lineup with Corgan and Schroeder, toured through much of 2010 and 2011, and are currently recording the album Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, having released the album-within-an-album Oceania in 2012. On March 25, 2014, Corgan announced the next two albums, Monuments to an Elegy and Day for Night, will be released in 2015.

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