11/29/2014

Male Bassist in New Smashing Pumpkins Lineup; End of Days Feared

Billy Corgan unveiled the new Smashing Pumpkins lineup in Chicago this past week, which includes bassist Mark Stoermer of The Killers and Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk. As previously reported, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, who recently recorded with the band, will not be joining the Pumpkins due to commitments with his own band, who are on a farewell tour that won't conclude until late next year.

According to Consequence of Sound, the Pumpkins show at Chicago's recently renovated, 800-capacity Thalia Hall this past Wednesday night was a success, praising the new songs culled from the upcoming Monuments to an Elegy album [Martha's Music/BMG], despite misgivings about the new rhythm section:

Wilk’s heavy-handed playing felt out of place on some songs and was downright sloppy on older cuts like “Hummer” and “Drown”. Stoermer, meanwhile, was unusually shy, hardly ever looking up from his fretboard.

Read the whole CoS review here.

Setlist:
One and All (We Are) [live debut]
Being Beige [live debut]
Hummer
Tiberius [live debut]
Tonight, Tonight
Drum + Fife [live debut]
Glass and the Ghost Children
Stand Inside Your Love
Monuments [live debut]
Drown
Disarm
Zero
Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Fame [David Bowie cover]
Silverfuck

Encore:
Burnt Orange-Black

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