July 8, 1996 |
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.
October 22, 1995 |
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.
April 8, 1994 |
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.
September 5, 1996 |
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.
July 4, 1996 |
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.
November 10, 1996 |
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.
August 23, 2012
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.
November 3, 1994 |
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.
November 8, 2004 |
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.
September 11, 1999 |
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.