SMASHING PUMPKINS Frontman Gives First Details About Band’s Next Record
SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan sat down with radio station 102.9 The Buzz where he revealed his band is already working on a new studio album. The record will be a follow up to 2018’s “Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.” , which was the first record in 18 years to feature founding members Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha, along with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.
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Discussing the new record and touring plans Corgan said
“It’s currently 21 songs. I’ve been working on it for over a year. It’s pretty different — in a good way, I think. Everybody that’s heard it likes it a lot, so that’s a good sign. We’re gonna do some touring. We’re playing a big festival in Atlanta — I think in April or May — Shaky Knees. I’m not sure we’re playing Nashville this year. Actually, I think we might. I might be giving a secret away. We might be doing a little ‘surprisey’ gig soon.”
Corgan released his latest solo album, “Cotillions”, in November on his own record label named Martha’s Music label. Like his 2017 release “Ogilala”, he released the album under his full name William Patrick Corgan. Check out the interview below!
Kirk Hammett Has Regrets Over Fighting Napster in the 2000’s
During an interview on Deal Delray’s Podcast “Let There Be Talk” Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett reflected back on the wasted battle the band was locked in during the early 2000’s saying:
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“We didn’t make a difference — we did not make a difference, It happened, and we couldn’t stop it – because it was just bigger than any of us, this trend that happened that sunk the music industry. There was no way that we could stop it. … What had happened was all of a sudden, it was just more convenient to get music and it was less convenient to pay for it, and there you have it.”
When Metallica discovered a leaked version of their song “I Disappear” on Napster’s file sharing service the band sued the company. The band’s song was originally intended and recorded for the “Mission Impossible 2” soundtrack in 2000. Upon filing the lawsuit, Napster responded by promising to terminate the accounts of people who shared the song without permission. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich showed up to Napster’s office and had a printout of more than 335,000 people who apparently downloaded the song without permission on Napster’s service. The court case was eventually settled out of court, but it set off a huge firestorm over artist rights and file sharing. Some saw what Napster was doing as foreshadowing of what was to come in the future with illegal downloading and file sharing.
Hammett would go on to say during the interview
“For me, it was kind of a leveling factor,All of a sudden, all of us were brought back to the minstrel age now where musicians’ only source of income is actually playing. And it’s like that nowadays — except that a lot of these bands aren’t really playing. They’re pressing ‘play’ or something. But there are a lot of bands who actually play their instruments and have to play to still be a band and still survive.”
Metallica hasn’t fought digital platforms allowing their albums and songs to be streamed online since 2012, but Hammett left it on a hopeful note saying
“Maybe things might change,. Maybe all of a sudden people will just start to prefer CDs or whatever format as to what’s available now. Who’s to say? I mean, it changed all so quickly back then. It could change just as quickly now.”