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:

Slipknot To Replace Nine Inch Nails At 2021 Riot Fest

Slipknot have been added to this year’s Riot Fest as a replacement for Nine Inch Nails, who recently cancelled all of their 2021 dates. That event will take place on September 16-19 at Douglas Park in Chicago, IL.

Here’s the updated daily lineups:

September 16 (preview party): Morrissey with special guests.

September 17: The Smashing Pumpkins, Coheed And Cambria, Lupe Fiasco (performing “The Cool“), NOFX, Dirty Heads, Sublime With Rome, Circle Jerks, Dinosaur Jr., Motion City Soundtrack, Thrice, Circa Survive, Meg Myers, The Lawrence Arms, Beach Bunny, Anti-Flag, Living Colour, Fishbone, Envy On The Coast, The Sounds, Amigo The Devil, Eyedress, Beach Goons, Meet Me At The Altar, Seratones, Radkey, Kississippi, Jackie Hayes, Oxymorons, Girlpuppy, and Senio Kino.

September 18: Run The Jewels, Faith No More, Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, Taking Back Sunday, Vic Mensa, Gogol Bordello, Mayday Parade, Bayside, State Champs, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Andrew W.K., Best Coast, Big Freedia, GWAR, Hepcat, Les Savy Fav, The Bronx, Four Year Strong, Citizen, Fucked Up, Joywave, Night Moves, Man On Man, Holy Fawn, The Bollweevils, Ganser, Just Friends, The Orphan The Poet, Bearings, Spider, and Devon Kay & The Solutions.

September 19: Slipknot, Pixies, Machine Gun Kelly, Devo, Mr. Bungle, New Found Glory, Simple Plan, The Ghost Inside, Body Count, Thursday, K.Flay, Knuckle Puck, HEALTH, The Bled, Mother Mother, 3OH!3, Fever 333, Alex G, Kennyhoopla, Bleached, The Gories, FACS, Ratboys, Blackstarkids, The Clockworks, Skating Polly, Pet Symmetry, Melkbelly, Gymshorts, The Weak Days, and Airstream Futures.

Organizers issued the following statement:

“Riot Fest 2021 is almost here. Finally. It’s really happening. Unfortunately, Nine Inch Nails has cancelled all 2021 shows, including this year’s fest—with that, Morrissey will play Thursday curated with very special guests, and Slipknot will close out on Sunday.

All 3-day and Sunday ticket holders now get access to our Thursday Preview Party! And to benefit our Chicago community, tickets are on sale now for Thursday with all proceeds going to Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and other TBA organizations.

Stay tuned for more info and announcements, including a second wave of Riot Fest Late Night shows which will be announced this Friday, August 20th.

Our fans deserve something amazing and we can’t wait to be together again. We’ve been working around the clock to make 2021 even more special—so that hopefully for one weekend, we can escape the world and find comfort in the music and people we hold dear.”

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]

Code Orange In The Studio With Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)

It looks like Code Orange were recently in the studio with Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins). The band tweeted the following about that:

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.”

Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Machine Gun Kelly, Etc. Added To 2021 Riot Fest

More bands have been added to the 2021 Riot Fest. That event will take place on September 17-19 at Douglas Park in Chicago, IL. Here’s the updated daily lineups:

September 17: The Smashing Pumpkins, Coheed And Cambria, Lupe Fiasco (performing “The Cool“), NOFX, Dirty Heads, Sublime With Rome, Circle Jerks, Dinosaur Jr., Motion City Soundtrack, Thrice, Circa Survive, Meg Myers, The Lawrence Arms, Pup, Anti-Flag, Living Colour, Fishbone, Beach Bunny, The Sounds, Amigo The Devil, Eyedress, Beach Goons, Meet Me At The Altar, Night Moves, Seratones, Radkey, Kississippi, Jackie Hayes, Oxymorons, Girlpuppy, and Senio Kino.

September 18: Run The Jewels, Faith No More, Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, Taking Back Sunday, Vic Mensa, Gogol Bordello, Mayday Parade, Bayside, State Champs, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Andrew W.K., Best Coast, Big Freedia, Hepcat, Les Savy Fav, The Bronx, Four Year Strong, Citizen, Fucked Up, Joywave, Man On Man, Holy Fawn, The Bollweevils, Ganser, Just Friends, The Orphan The Poet, Bearings, Spider, and Devon Kay & The Solutions.

September 19: Nine Inch Nails, Pixies, Machine Gun Kelly, Devo, Mr. Bungle, New Found Glory, Simple Plan, The Ghost Inside, Thursday, K.Flay, Knuckle Puck, HEALTH, The Bled, Mother Mother, GWAR, 3OH!3, Fever 333, Alex G, White Lung, Kennyhoopla, Bleached, The Gories, FACS, Ratboys, Blackstarkids, Skating Polly, Pet Symmetry, Melkbelly, Gymshorts, The Weak Days, and Airstream Futures.

Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, Faith No More, Etc. Set For 2021 Riot Fest

The lineup has been revealed for the 2021 Riot Fest. That event will take place on September 17-19, 2021 at Douglas Park in Chicago, IL and it will feature the following: Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Run The Jewels, Pixies, Faith No More, Devo, Mr. Bungle, Coheed And Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Dirty Heads, Sublime With Rome, Lupe Fiasco (performing “The Cool“), Vic Mensa, NOFX, New Found Glory, Circle Jerks, Simple Plan, Dinosaur Jr., The Ghost Inside, Gogol Bordello, Motion City Soundtrack, Thrice, Circa Survive, State Champs, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, K.flay, Best Coast, Bayside, The Lawrence Arms, Les Savy Fav, Meg Myers, Beach Bunny, Big Freedia, Mayday Parade, Pup, Andrew W.K., The Bled, GWAR, Fever 333, Living Colour, Saves The Day, Thursday, The Sounds, Mother Mother, Hepcat, Alex G, Anti-Flag, Joywave, Fishbone, Fucked Up, Kennyhoopla, HEALTH, The Gories, Amigo The Devil, White Lung, Ratboys, Beach Goons, Eyedress, Meet Me At The Altar, Night Moves, Seratones, Just Friends, Radkey, Holy Fawn, Melkbelly, Ganser, and Hospital Bracelet. In other news, My Chemical Romance have also been booked for next year’s Riot Fest, which is scheduled to take place on September 16-18, 2022.

The Relentless Release Cover Of Smashing Pumpkins’ “Disarm”

The Relentless, the fictional band from “American Satan” and the new spinoff series “Paradise City,” have released a cover of Smashing Pumpkins‘ “Disarm.“ The track, which features Palaye Royale vocalist Remington Leith and Born Of Osiris guitarist Lee McKinney, can be streamed below. “Paradise City” will debut on Amazon Prime on March 25.

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]