Thursday, September 23, 2010

INTERVIEW: KansasCity.com


People assume if you put together the original band, certain things are going to happen. But lots of people have put original bands back together, and they’re still not getting a lot of opportunities. I feel really good about the fact I continue to be a progressive artist, I put a credible band on stage and I’m motivated to play in a contemporary mindset, not to ape some era that has been idealized and wasn’t what everyone thinks it was anyway.
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INTERVIEW: Sydney Morning Herald


"What the fuck does it matter what I call it?" he says. "It doesn't, it's my music. You come to the show and all you hear is Pumpkins songs. Why not call it that? There's bands going around now with their original line-ups and nobody gives a shit. It's not about the original line-up. It's about making good music."

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Monday, September 20, 2010

INTERVIEW: Houston Press

BC: To be honest, the reason I didn't want to do press before was because I already knew what the questions were going to be, and I didn't want to answer them. I felt confident that I was going to have a future, and so I felt if I could at least indicate the future I was working on, then I could at least talk about the future and not the past. That's the case now, and it's really refreshing.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

INTERVIEW: Standard-Examiner

BC: "We are now working more as a traditional band," said Corgan. "It is an interesting mix of people who all came from the alternative music scene, but who were also Smashing Pumpkins fans. So they have an interesting perspective as a result. I find them very empathetic. They give me great feedback, as they can tell me when they saw the Pumpkins, and bring that to it when they tell me what works."

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Friday, September 17, 2010

NEWS: New Song "Spangled" Released!

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS will issue a brand new track "Spangled" which will be available for free download starting today for 24 hours exclusively through the website for The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund: www.sweetrelief.org. "Spangled" will then become available the next day at www.smashingpumpkins.com where a widget is also offered that enables fans to host the song anywhere on the web. "It's just a pretty song," says BILLY CORGAN of "Spangled," which marks the sixth release from the band's in-progress 44-song project TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE. It is the second song (the recently released "Freak" was the first) from what will be the band's second EP--TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE VOLUME 2: THE SOLSTICE BARE (release date TBA)--tied to this project.

When visitors go to the Sweet Relief website, they'll be encouraged to donate to the organization, although it is not a requirement to contribute money when freely downloading the song. The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Visitors to the site who donate $10.00 (or more) to the Sweet Musicians Relief Fund can also enter a raffle to win a Fender "Billy Corgan Stratocaster" custom guitar that will be signed by the musician.

The Pumpkins recently raised over $80,000 at their sold-out benefit concert Tuesday, July 27 at Chicago's Metro for Matthew Leone, bassist for Chicago band Madina Lake. The money is going to the Matthew Leone Fund at Sweet Relief and is helping to pay for the ongoing medical care needed for the musician who this past June was hospitalized with severe brain trauma after intervening to stop a woman he passed on the street from being beaten by her husband.

In touring news, the band--singer/guitarist BILLY CORGAN, guitarist JEFF SCHROEDER, drummer MIKE BYRNE and bassist NICOLE FIORENTINO--have announced they will return to Australia this October for shows in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.