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Smashing Pumpkins In Studio
Friday, August 18, 2006


Smashing Pumpkins fans are rejoicing today with some good news. The band are officially back in the studio recording a new album. Fourteen months ago, founder Billy Corgan famously announced he would be reforming the Pumpkins after calling it quits back in 2000. There is no word yet however, if all the original members will return for the new record.
 

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New album set for release

Looks likes it's Corgan and Chamberlain right now. They are headlining the Virgin Festival in Toronto this summer.

Smashing Pumpkins set exact time for album release
The Smashing Pumpkins have added a new and slightly odd wrinkle to the release plans for the band's comeback album, Zeitgeist, which is due to arrive on July 7th. According to Aversion.com, the record will be released at exactly 7:07 a.m., which means the CD will come out at the seventh minute of the seventh hour of the seventh day of the seventh month, in the seventh year of the 21st century. Sounds like someone's trying to attach some sort of significance to that. Other details, such as song titles and the exact composition of the band, have yet to be revealed.

Although the music industry issues nearly all new product on Tuesdays, the Pumpkins disc will arrive on a Saturday.

Zeitgeist is the first Pumpkins album in -- you guessed it -- seven years. Founder Billy Corgan dissolved the group after the release of 2000's MACHINA/The Machines of God.

It's unlikely that original guitarist James Iha and bassist D'Arcy Wretzky will join Corgan and founding drummer Jimmy Chamberlin in the new lineup.

The first North American live date for the Pumpkins has been announced. The reactivated group will headline the closing night of the second annual Virgin Festival, scheduled for September 8th and 9th in Toronto. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (March 24th) at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. The band has also confirmed several European festival gigs.
 

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Billy and Jimmy pretty much are the heart of the band anyway. James Iha wasn't much of a player and D'arcy really didn't do much either. If they have Melissa Auf De Mer on bass it's going to kick ass.
 
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