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July 8, 1996 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Few bands work over their lyrical ideas as exhaustively as Smashing Pumpkins does. For more than two hours Friday, the post-grunge band kept a capacity crowd at the Spectrum enthralled with variations on the theme of tortured youth. There were tender recollections of lost love and pained moments of jilted dejection. There were nostalgic reveries, like the single "1979," which dissects the gulf between the cool kids in high school and everybody else. There were songs that required lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Billy Corgan to prettify his weensy little voice, and others that needed him to sound like the embodiment of the perpetually put-out adolescent.
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October 22, 1995 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
That Billy Corgan, he's so outrageous! Where other alterna-heroes fear to mosh, Smashing Pumpkins' undisputed leader dives right in. He's not afraid of covering Stevie Nicks, or recording with symphony orchestras. He doesn't angst-out over headlining Lollapalooza or worry himself silly that his band is selling too many records. No, Billy Corgan is not cowed by the Rock Star within. The potentate of Pumpkindom is willing to embrace the beast. Kurt Cobain may have apologized to the world for his own existence, but Billy Corgan is a world unto himself.
LIVING
April 8, 1994 | By W. Speers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This story contains material from the Associated Press, New York Post, New York Times and USA Today
Nirvana is out and Smashing Pumpkins in as the headliner in this summer's fourth annual Lollapalooza tour, which starts July 1 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Also in the lineup - the Beastie Boys, the Breeders, George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, A Tribe Called Quest, L7, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and a group from Japan called the Boredoms, which specializes in "shrieks, gargles, growls . . . " No Philly date has been announced yet, but more stops are promised, and an Electric Factory spokesman said negotiations were underway to bring the tour here.
NEWS
September 5, 1996 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Videos by the alternative rockers Smashing Pumpkins won seven awards at last night's MTV awards in the group's first television appearance since the drug death of its keyboardist and the arrest of its drummer this summer. "We've had an interesting year," singer-guitarist Billy Corgan said. "We lost a friend. We lost a drummer. But I hope we haven't lost any fans. To anyone who wonders, we're fine. " In the 13th annual rock gala, broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall, Smashing Pumpkins won in seven categories, including for best video of the year - for the animated sci-fi video "Tonight, Tonight.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 1996 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
We've been hearing the complaints for months. Alternative rock has grown tired, derivative, whiny and manipulative. It's a haven for unimaginative guitar-grinders and copycat lyricists. What started as a unrefined emotional vent has become a carefully crafted corporate commodity. Billy Corgan, one of its most adroit songwriters and a constant target of ridicule, is doing something about it. At the close of their current tour, he and the other members of the Smashing Pumpkins - scheduled to open a two-night stand at the Spectrum tomorrow - intend to return to the drawing board.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 1996 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There comes a time in the career of nearly every ambitious rock band when the juices are flowing, the studio is a comfortable place, and the songs are coming quicker than ever. It's the time to take risks and to redefine one's self in the eyes of fans and critics. The time to unleash a magnum opus, a Moby Dick, a record for the history books. It's double-album time! Back in the '70s, when pomposity was rock's middle name, the double album was de rigueur. But in the '90s, CDs run over 70 minutes and sell for 15 bucks, making the double set a bit tricky.
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Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Actor Charlize Theron; Curtis Stone; Bahamas performs. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Kathy Griffin; Michael Somerville; Josh Turner performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Kirsten Dunst; Chris Matthews; Smashing Pumpkins. Jimmy Kimmel Live (midnight, 6ABC) - Kyra Sedgwick; Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher; Josh Doyle.
NEWS
November 3, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
Smashing Pumpkins - headliners at last summer's Lollapalooza '94 - released their latest album on Oct. 4. Within 10 days, "Pisces Iscariot," a collection of 12 B-sides and two live radio performances, was the third best- selling album in Philadelphia. Not bad for a mope-rock band from Chicago. "My stepmother told me I had a persecution complex," says Billy Corgan, the cherub-faced singer-guitarist-instigator of Smashing Pumpkins. "I don't know if it's self-fulfilling, but it seems like every step along the way, there's some resistance to what I'm doing.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2004 | David Hinckley, New York Daily News
Notorious crash-and-burn tours include some of these "what-were-they-thinking" combination of musical acts: DAVID LEE ROTH - SAMMY HAGAR In 2002, when both Roth and Hagar were feuding with Eddie Van Halen, the two former Van Halen band lead singers hit the road together. While the two were happy to make money as a team, they didn't bother to speak to one another - onstage or off. Diamond Dave took to telling a few jokes at Hagar's expense each night. SMASHING PUMPKINS - PAVEMENT In 1994, Pavement leader Stephen Malkmus took a swipe at the Smashing Pumpkins in the song "Range Life.
LIVING
September 11, 1999 | By W. Speers By Thomas J. Brady, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rip Taylor's been ripped off, and it's no laughing matter. The frenetic comedian, who has performed with headliners such as Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., was robbed of $5,000 and nearly two dozen credit cards Thursday in Las Vegas while waiting for a ride. Taylor, 69, said one man distracted him while another grabbed a compact-disc case containing his wallet and jewelry. He said he carried his possessions in the case so people wouldn't think it was a handbag. "I've always been so careful," Taylor said.
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Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Actor Charlize Theron; Curtis Stone; Bahamas performs. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Kathy Griffin; Michael Somerville; Josh Turner performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Kirsten Dunst; Chris Matthews; Smashing Pumpkins. Jimmy Kimmel Live (midnight, 6ABC) - Kyra Sedgwick; Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher; Josh Doyle.
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November 28, 2011 | By Howard Gensler
WITH AN UNUSUAL MESSAGE for the Thanksgiving season, recently paroled rapper T.I. (a/k/a Clifford Harris Jr.) spoke with Vibe magazine in the December issue about the already-forgotten Tracy Morgan anti-gay-comments controversy. "Man, I will say this, the funniest joke I ever heard Tracy say during a stand-up was, 'C'mon man, I think gay people are too sensitive,' " T.I. says in Vibe . " 'If you can take a d---, you can take a joke.' That s--- was funny to me. And it's kind of true.
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March 26, 2008 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
YOU KNOW, IF you go back far enough, we're all related. Barack Obama, for instance, (on his white side) is a distant cousin of actor Brad Pitt, and Hillary Rodham Clinton has Angelina Jolie in her family tree (although that may not stop Bill from hitting on her). Hillary, of French-Canadian descent on her mother's side, is also a distant cousin of Jack Kerouac, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Madonna, Celine Dion (thus explaining the occasional screechiness) and Alanis Morissette. Obama, the son of a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya, can call six U.S. presidents, including George W. Bush, his cousins, so, in a sense, the Bush dynasty may continue.
NEWS
July 31, 2007 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
When grunge-god-turned-metal-howler Chris Cornell announced that he was touring solo and doing hits from all his bands, it conjured up the notion of something akin to lounge music, smooth Muzak versions of Soundgarden and Audioslave songs. Perhaps even something you'd call "The Chris Cornell Experience" in which a 43-year-old once in possession of a fine pencil mustache would croon Temple of the Dog tunes from upon a stool rather than bark at the moon. Cornell just pulled off the theme song to James Bond's Casino Royale.
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June 27, 2005 | By Patrick Berkery FOR THE INQUIRER
The future-embracing stage design Billy Corgan used at the Electric Factory on Saturday made for some stimulating postmodern eye candy. He had two twisted-chrome keyboard setups, a sparse bank of electronic percussion played by a standing drummer, and a wall of brightly hued tiles that occasionally looked like an early-'80s video game. Unfortunately, the music the once-and-future (according to recent reports) voice of the Smashing Pumpkins and his three-piece band performed wasn't nearly as intriguing.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2005 | By SARA SHERR For the Daily News
Summer is here, and you know what that means, a Secret Cinema screening of the insane 1967 nuclear a-go-go movie, "The Day The Fish Came Out. " Directed by Michael Cacoyannis ("Zorba the Greek"), it's an excuse to see a very pre-"Murphy Brown" Candace Bergen cavort in Greece with a mostly male cast clad in space-age swimwear. This Secret Cinema evening includes food, drink, and a discussion and book signing with Irv Slifkin, author of 2004's "Videohound's Groovy Movies: Far-out Films of the Psychedelic Era" (Visible Ink Press, $24.95)
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November 8, 2004 | David Hinckley, New York Daily News
Notorious crash-and-burn tours include some of these "what-were-they-thinking" combination of musical acts: DAVID LEE ROTH - SAMMY HAGAR In 2002, when both Roth and Hagar were feuding with Eddie Van Halen, the two former Van Halen band lead singers hit the road together. While the two were happy to make money as a team, they didn't bother to speak to one another - onstage or off. Diamond Dave took to telling a few jokes at Hagar's expense each night. SMASHING PUMPKINS - PAVEMENT In 1994, Pavement leader Stephen Malkmus took a swipe at the Smashing Pumpkins in the song "Range Life.
SPORTS
January 26, 2002 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sue Moran plays guitar and tennis, reads Harry Potter and listens to Smashing Pumpkins - and wishes she could be like Peter Pan, the ageless spirit of youth. "He never grew old," she said during a recent Q&A session on ESPN.com. "I get nervous when I think of the day I will no longer be able to do all the things I can do now. " What Moran can do, superbly, is play basketball. She plays the game so well that she is on the verge of becoming the all-time leading scorer, male or female at St. Joseph's University.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2000 | By Jonathan Valania, FOR THE INQUIRER
An eerie fog hung low over the hangar-sized interior of the Electric Factory Monday night. The Smashing Pumpkins' stage set displayed all the arty, stylized gloom of an Anne Rice novel. And there was head Pumpkin Billy Corgan, striding to the microphone in one of Jean Paul Gaultier's black leather dresses for men, looking every inch the rock-and-roll Nosferatu. With the stage lights refracting off his gleaming dome, Corgan stood with arms outstretched like Jesus on the cross as the rest of the Pumpkins gently nursed a sense of grim foreboding from their instruments.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2000 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Billy Corgan is deep into an exhaustive analysis of what's wrong with rock, and why his band, the Smashing Pumpkins, is so perpetually misunderstood. He has railed against the radio gods and served up the predictable screed against the anti-Pumpkins "bias" of other industry gatekeepers. But as he gears up for the big summation, his tone softens. He lapses into flashback: "Imagine standing in a club in 1988, watching Dinosaur Jr and saying, 'If we could one day just be that.' To us that was amazing, that was our dream.
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