Smashing Pumpkins Joined Onstage By Michael Angelo Batio During Riot Fest Set

During Smashing Pumpkins’ September 17 set at Riot Fest in Chicago, IL, the band were joined onstage by Michael Angelo Batio for a performance of “United States.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

Smashing Pumpkins Are “About Halfway Through” With Their 33-Song “Melon Collie And The Infinite Sadness”/“Machina“ Sequel

During a recent interview with Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio, Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder offered an update on the band’s conceptual follow-up to “Melon Collie And The Infinite Sadness” and “Machina/The Machines Of God.“ According to him, the band are “about halfway through” with the 33-track effort.

Schroeder said the following:

“We’re about halfway through working on another big album, which is, basically, I guess, a sequel to ‘Mellon Collie’ and ‘Machina’, so it’s the third in a trilogy — more of a concept-based album. And this one is 33 songs. We’ve been working for a long — almost, basically, the whole year on it. But we’re in the middle of real tracking and stuff right now. James [Iha] and I are working out here in L.A. Drums are basically done, so Jimmy’s [Chamberlin] done his part. But Billy [Corgan] is working in Chicago, and I’m out here in L.A., and James is in L.A., so we’re plowing through it. That’ll probably take most of the rest of the year, ’cause it’s a big, sprawling thing.

It’s been very challenging to work on a piece that big, because even for me as a guitar player, usually you’re always kind of working on things and you have a bunch of ideas to try on these new tracks. And then, after four songs, you’re like, ‘Okay, I’ve gotta come up with some other stuff.’ So, then you work hard and get through the first 11 songs, and you’re. like, ‘Oh, wait a second. That’s only the first act. I’ve got two more acts to go!’ [Laughs]

So, you’ve really gotta dig in deep. You’ve gotta dig deep in to your soul to find out what is in there. What’s this song calling for? How can I listen to this song differently than I listened to the last one? And it really pushes you artistically. Some days it’s hard, and we fail. I fail. And then you come back the next day and try again, and it’s rewarding when you go, ‘Wow, yesterday sucked, and today is actually quite good on the same song.’ So it can be fun.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Smashing Pumpkins To Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of “Gish” With Livestreamed Listening Party

Smashing Pumpkins will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Gish” with a livestreamed vinyl listening party at Madame Zuzu’s in Highland Park, IL on May 29. The virtual event will also include a Q&A with Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin. Furthermore, fans will have chance to hear some unreleased music during the stream. Tickets will be available on Friday (May 28) and a portion of the proceeds will go towards the PAWS no-kill animal shelter in Chicago, IL. In addition to the listening party, the band will also have new merch, a private “Gish” exhibit, and a new “Soul Head” beer at Madame Zuzu’s as well. On top of that, fans can also share their “Gish” memories HERE, take part in a digital scavenger hunt on the group’s social media accounts, and download a coloring sheet that young fans can color and submit for a “Gish Coloring Contest.”

Smashing Pumpkins Begin Tracking 33-Song “Melon Collie And The Infinite Sadness”/“Machina“ Sequel

Smashing Pumpkins have officially started the recording process for their conceptual follow-up to “Melon Collie And The Infinite Sadness” and “Machina/The Machines Of God.“ As Billy Corgan previously said, the effort will be a 33-track rock opera. The group commented:

“Starting new SP album today, the 33 song sequel to MCIS and Machina. Songs are written, lyrics too…so now it’s just record-record-record.”

Smashing Pumpkins’ “Machina II” Reissue Might Feature 80 Songs

During a recent interview with Radio.com, Billy Corgan offered an update on Smashing Pumpkins’ reissue of “Machina II / The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music.” According to him, the full project may feature up to 80 songs.

Corgan said the following:

“It’s being mastered now. The album reconstituted comes in at about 50-plus tracks and with the extra tracks I think with the whole project will be somewhere about in the 80 track range.”

“It was written to be kind of like a musical, but because it was never finished, it was like shooting a movie that wasn’t fully edited right. Machina I was like one edit of the footage, and Machina II was some of the leftover footage – but there was even more stuff leftover. So, this was my attempt, 20 years later, to kind of finish the movie and in the process of trying to finish the movie, realizing the movie can never be finished because a lot of stuff wasn’t finished.”

“Some stuff I was able to finish and some stuff is unfinished that I present. It’s almost like a sketch but in the aggregate of listening to it you kind of get the sense of the movie I was after.”

Corgan also added that the record is reflective of the band’s story from that time:

“On the one hand you have a band that’s breaking up and the band knows it’s breaking up so there’s this kind of sorrow that hangs over everything, but on the other hand we’re highly productive,” said the singer. “It’s like notating a breakup or something. It’s a very odd record and one that I don’t know if I could ever make again if I tried but I’m glad it’s there because now it will be presented in its best possible light.”

[via Loudwire]

Watch The Smashing Pumpkins Perform “Cyr” On “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

During last night’s (December 1) episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” The Smashing Pumpkins played the title track of their latest album “Cyr.” You can see footage of the quarantine performance below:

Smashing Pumpkins To Perform On “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Smashing Pumpkins will be performing on the December 1 episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” The band will be promoting their new double album “Cyr,“ which is set to be released on Friday (November 27).

Smashing Pumpkins Release Fourth Episode Of “In Ashes” Animated Series

Smashing Pumpkins have released the fourth episode of their “In Ashes” animated series. This episode is titled “Owl Wait” and it features the song “Wyttch.” That track is from the band’s new double album “Cyr,” which will be released on November 27.

Smashing Pumpkins Premiere New Songs “Dulcet In E” & “Purple Blood”

Smashing Pumpkins have premiered two new songs, “Dulcet In E” and “Purple Blood.” Both tracks are from the band’s new double album “Cyr,” which will be released on November 27.