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The Smashing Pumpkins 25th Anniversary Party at Madame ZuZu’s


Article and images by Geo Folkers When Billy Corgan announced a few weeks ago that no official celebration was planned for the 25th Anniversary of Smashing Pumpkins playing live gigs, there was one fan of the band called Matt Sams that felt like ‘this ain’t gonna happen!’. And when Saturday, October 5th, 2013, marked the spot as being the exact date 25 years after the Smashing Pumpkins took the stage as the first four-piece line up at the Metro, Chicago (IL) in 1988, a plan was born in Matt’s head. And when it all came together last weekend, Madame ZuZu’s

Talk Asia – CNN Interview with William Corgan


Interview by Monita Rajpal, CNN SPfreaks is happy to present the full transcript of this interview to you, as provided by CNN Transcripts. Images are screenshots from the interview. TALK ASIA – Interview with Billy Corgan (Aired August 23, 2013 – 05:30:00 ET) (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) Monita Rajpal, Anchor, CNN International (voiceover): It was one of the biggest bands of the ’90s. Known for their angst-ridden and dreamy songs, The Smashing Pumpkins are still drawing in crowds by the thousands, some 25 years after their debut. Founded by lead singer-songwriter, Billy Corgan and Guitarist, James Iha, their first album reached gold status.

Smashing Pumpkins in The Netherlands: Tight and Balanced


Article by Jeroen Bakker Pictures by Jeroen Savelkouls and Arthur van Pelt (Poster Tilburg 013) Date: July 26th, 2013 Venue: Paradiso Capacity: 1,200-1,500 (sold out) City & Country: Amsterdam, the Netherlands Tour: Shamrocks and Shenanigans 2013 Tour Personnel: Billy Corgan, Jeff Schroeder, Nicole Fiorentino and Mike Byrne Duration: 2h30m Date: July 27th, 2013 Venue: 013 Capacity: 2,000-2,200 (sold out) City & Country: Tilburg, the Netherlands Tour: Shamrocks and Shenanigans 2013 Tour Personnel: Billy Corgan, Jeff Schroeder, Nicole Fiorentino and Mike Byrne Duration: 2h15m ‘She likes surprises,’ Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell sings on their hit album Superunknown. Well, I do

Pumpkins of the Past – James Iha


Article by Shaharaine P. Abdullah The last former band member of Smashing Pumpkins in this series: James Iha (birthdate: March 26, 1968) James Yoshinobu Iha is an American musician best known as the original guitarist and co-founder of The Smashing Pumpkins. Pre-Pumpkins James was born in Chicago, Illinois in a second-generation Japanese-American family. He and his brothers were raised in a middle-class suburb in Elk Grove Village; James attended Elk Grove High School. “I was born in a suburb of Chicago. You know those John Hughes movies like ‘Sixteen Candles’ and ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ and stuff like that? My

Even with ‘Basic Show’ Pumpkins have Much to Offer


Concert Review by Jeroen Savelkouls Date: June 20th, 2013 Venue: Live Music Hall Capacity: 1,200-1,800 City & Country: Cologne, Germany Tour: Shamrocks and Shenanigans 2013 Tour Personnel: Billy Corgan, Jeff Schroeder, Nicole Fiorentino and Mike Byrne Duration: ca. 2h15m No orb, no video projections, and limited lighting showed up for their first show of the European leg of the Shamrocks and Shenanigans tour. The Smashing Pumpkins largely ignored periphery visual distractions and focused on a tight gig and balanced set list; these ingredients were more than enough on Thursday evening to convince the crowd of approximately 2,000 in the extremely hot

Pumpkins of the Past – Lisa Harriton


Article by Shaharaine P. Abdullah Next former Smashing Pumpkins band member in this series is Lisa Harriton (birthdate: November 18, 1980) Lisa Rae Harriton is an English musician who is best known for her brief stint as the touring keyboardist and back-up vocalist for The Smashing Pumpkins in 2007. Pre-Pumpkins Lisa was born and raised in a musical family – her mother Terry Harriton is a Los Angeles studio singer, while her father Michael Harriton is a composer and musician; her older brother Steven is a guitarist. At the age of 8, Lisa was already working as a studio singer

The Stars Are Out Tonight


Article by Corenski Nowlan The Smashing Pumpkins could be the poster child for dysfunctional bands. Their history is a tapestry of conflict and scandal. They have a fast-paced revolving door for musicians – especially bassists. There is an established pattern at play; depression, drugs, departures, and defaming. Someone ought to plot a roadmap for the benefit of all current and future members that explains how to pack it up and vamoose from Pumpkin-land, and what to expect after your emancipation. For example, how does one cope with the inevitable public deconstruction of character and the flaunting of flaws to any