Day 302-- interesting thing about the Smashing Pumpkins

The band broke up a few years ago. Singer/lead guitarist/songwriter Billy Corgan wrote a plea in a Chicago newspaper for the band to reform, for the members to put the strains of the past behind them and band together once more. Drummer Jimmy Chamberlain jumped on board immediately, but no word from the other two original members (guitarist James Iha and bassist D'Arcy Wretzky).

The band recorded an album late last year. While the reformed Pumpkins kept their line-up a secret, they started booking dates across the world. And after much speculation, false news reports and guessing games, the band released a single and now the full new album--Zeitgeist--is being entirely streamed here.

It's not bad, at all. But that's not why I'm writing this. After playing their first show a few weeks ago, audiences realized that James Iha and D'Arcy weren't in the new rehash of the band. Instead, there's a second half-Asian guitarist (much like Iha) and a female bassist (much like D'Arcy). Plus, both of the new band members are or were part of various CCM-geared bands.

Very, very interesting.

posted, with grace and poise, by Jason @ 7/05/2007 01:18:00 AM,


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