Smashing Pumpkins - 'Oceania'

Smashing Pumpkins - 'Oceania'

There’s something comforting about Billy Corgan’s stubborn refusal to let the whole Smashing Pumpkins thing go. The civilised music industry can crumble, the News Of The World can close, Big Brother can avoid the axe, Brian May can work...

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Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins

Nice to see the Pumpkins are still doing things properly in an age where digital farts into the blogosphere count as ‘releases’. This four-track EP of acoustic songs recorded between breaks from touring comes in a proper case with lyric sheets...

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Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins

Has Billy Corgan blown it? He reformed the Smashing Pumpkins while his questionable solo album and the alt.rock lunacy that was Zwan were still fresh in the memory. Now he’s (and we do mean ‘he’; the new band are essentially him and the...

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Smashing Pumpkins: Zeitgeist

Smashing Pumpkins: Zeitgeist

Let’s be clear: this isn’t a Smashing Pumpkins record. When Billy Corgan took out two full-page ads in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times back in 2005 proclaiming the rebirth of the Smashing Pumpkins, you were right to be more than...

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Smashing Pumpkins: Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Thursday May 31

Smashing Pumpkins: Primavera Sound, Barcelona,...

Anyone worried the six-year hiatus and loss of several members might have changed the Pumpkins, fear ye not. For, as Corgan is beamed down onstage – a whitewashed Ming The Merciless with a comic-book-character entourage, including Jimmy...

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Zwan : Mary Star Of The Sea

Zwan : Mary Star Of The Sea

The last time he was round these parts Billy Corgan looked, to be honest, a bit of a lost cause. Presiding over the last rites of The Smashing Pumpkins , he styled himself as a goth-metal high priest who'd sacrificed his talent in favour of...

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Smashing Pumpkins : Rotten Apples

Smashing Pumpkins : Rotten Apples

It might not be Smashing Pumpkins ' most idiosyncratic move but, one year on from those tear-stained farewell gigs, they've done the normal thing and released a Greatest Hits compilation. And, with Billy Corgan 's leather dresses packed up for...

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Glasgow SECC

Glasgow SECC

Atmosphere. He loves a party with a happy atmosphere. And, to prove he's not the curmudgeonly ogre of legend, Billy Corgan - hair-free master of ceremonies and dress-clad prophet of post-grunge gloom - wants us to share in his excitement. "The...

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Japan Osaka Castle Hall

Japan Osaka Castle Hall

Death hangs thickly in the air tonight. On stage, Smashing Pumpkins are descending down the path of the Dark Lord into the metal underworld. The thump of 'The Everlasting Gaze' cuts out and a single orange light illuminates Billy Corgan 's...

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Stand Inside Your Love

Stand Inside Your Love

Fair play to Billy Corgan, he's not averse to the odd sneaky slice of humble pie. A mere three years after firing the smackhead drumming bricklayer, he invites him back, though of course it would be churlish in the extreme to suggest this U-turn...

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