The 9th Smashing Pumpkins Album Out Today
The ninth Smashing Pumpkins studio effort, Monuments To An Elegy, is out today (December 9) and follows up 2012’s Oceania.
The disc features founding and sole original member Billy Corgan, guitarist Jeff Schroeder — the only other current “permanent” member of the Pumpkins — and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, who played on all nine of the set’s songs.
Like Oceania, Monuments To An Elegy is part of the Pumpkins’ ongoing 44-song mega-album Teargarden By Kaleidyscope.
Corgan recently assembled a touring lineup of the Pumpkins for some shows surrounding the new album’s arrival that includes Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilkand Killers bassist Mark Stoermer in addition to him and Schroeder.
A second album, titled Day For Night, is slated for release sometime next year.
SIDE NOTES: Billy Corgan said in an interview with the Independent that Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain and he were the top two songwriters of the ’90s, a decade that also saw the rise of acts like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails and many more.
Corgan said, “He and I didn’t necessarily get along. But I like to sing his praises, because he really was that talented . . . In the purest sense of the word, we were competitors. He and I were the top two scribes, and everybody else was a distant third.”