Tommy Lee Will Appear on Smashing Pumpkins’ Next Album
Even during their heyday back in the 1990s, the Smashing Pumpkins never really had a consistent lineup. Jimmy Chamberlin had been kicked out during their tour for Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, but returned before Machina, the Machines of God. Then, during the recording process for that album, bassist D’Arcy Wretzky left. Since reuniting, only frontman Billy Corgan and Chamberlin have been a part of the project – and the drummer left a few years ago.
With a recent announcement that Tommy Lee, best known for Motley Crue, has been in the studio with Smashing Pumpkins, it appears as if current drummer Mike Byrne’s role is lesser.
According to an update given in the band’s website, and reported by Consequence of Sound, Lee recorded nine tracks for new album Monuments to an Elegy: “Here’s a shot from the mission out west. Just finished round 1 of tracking drums with Tommy Lee for the new the Smashing Pumpkins album. Shockla-locka-boom.”
Of course, considering SP’s grandiosity in the past, there’s a chance there could be two drummers on these tracks.
Earlier this year, Corgan announced two albums for 2015: Monuments and Day for Night. The former is almost completely done, but both won’t appear until next year. While a limited edition album called Aegea is expected to come out before then, these two releases officially follow 2012’s Oceania.
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