Smashing Pumpkins to perform Maida Vale live session on BBC 6 Music this week

Billy Corgan will be joined by Rage Against The Machine's Brad Wilk and The Killers' Mark Stoermer

The Smashing Pumpkins have announced a special live concert taking place later this week at BBC’s famous Maida Vale studios.

The event will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 6 Music from 12pm to 1pm on Friday (December 5), hosted by Lauren Laverne. For the performance, Billy Corgan will be joined by Rage Against The Machine’s Brad Wilk on drums and The Killers’ Mark Stoermer on bass.

The band will promote their new album ‘Monuments To An Elegy’ at London’s Koko later that evening (December 5), a lone UK date. Shows in New York, Paris and Berlin, with San Francisco and Chicago gigs are also to be announced.


Billy Corgan recently revealed that the band may split after releasing their next record and one more album in 2015.

Speaking to the Chicago Tribune, Corgan explained that the decision would in part be down to public reception of the new records: “When this [new album] process is over, I’m either going to bail on this ship for good, like ‘I’m done’, or I’m going to have a new ship to sail on. How do you say, ‘I still matter’? How do you say, ‘How does one of my contemporaries get treated like a contemporary artist, and how do I get treated like I’m supposed to play ‘Siamese Dream’ for the rest of my life?’ At some point you’ve got to fight this fight or go away.”

‘Monuments To An Elegy’ follows 2012’s ‘Oceania’, which was the band’s first LP in five years.

The ‘Monuments To An Elegy’ tracklisting is:

‘Being Beige’
‘One And All (We Are)’
‘Drum + Fife’

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