Listen! Smashing Pumpkins share new song “Drum + Fife”

Billy Corgan

Smashing Pumpkins have shared another song from new album Monuments To An Elegy.

Smashies mainman Billy Corgan teamed up with Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee for the track “Drum + Fife”, with Corgan claiming that Lee turned the song around:

“Drum + Fife was originally a folk song. We really had a problem getting it off its almost dour Irish balladeer aspect and I must give a lot of credit to Tommy Lee, because he’s the one who turned the corner.

“Without saying it, he was reacting in a way that told me he thought it was a bit boring. Tommy loves energy – Tommy wants to feel excitement. So he’s playing the song and he’s like, ‘I know this is a good song but it’s just not working.’ He said to me, ‘Do you mind if I tinker around with it?’ He got on the computer and used his experience in dance music, turned the corner and found some loops and some beats.”

Corgan will tour Europe on a select run of dates with Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk and Killers bassist Mark Stoermer completing the live lineup. Their only show in the UK is on the 5th of December at Koko, London.

The full tracklist for Monuments To An Elegy is:

Smashing Pumpkins Monuments To An Elegy Cover01. “Tiberius”
02. “Being Beige”
03. “Anaise”
04. “One And All”
05. “Run2Me”
06. “Drum + Fife”
07. “Monuments”
08. “Dorian”
09. “Anti-Hero”


You can listen to “Drum + Fife” below:

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Under The Skin: Tommy Lee’s Massive Rig

Motley Crue The Final Tour

I’ll defend hard rock and metal music to anyone who will listen; fighting the Spinal Tap Stone Henge stereotype all the way to the Winter Solstice if needs be. But I’m not sure even Beelzebub can help me now…

Having recently argued that rock and metal does not need to rely on spectacle to make up for the awful music on show, I have been presented with this:

Tommy Lee Cruecifly 2014

And no, your eyes are not deceiving you. That IS rock berk Tommy Lee playing the drums whilst hanging all but upside down on something resembling The Viper ‘coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

In a spectacularly Spinal Tap moment, Lee has been forced to take to Twitter this week to explain why his rig – dubbed The Crüecifly – didn’t make an appearance at a recent show in Milwaukee.

After fans who attended the 4th of July gig left disappointed at the no-show, they kicked up the proverbial stink across the web, prompting Lee to Tweet: “Hi guys! Want you to know certain venues cannot handle The Crüecifly! It’s not our fault their roof cannot hang the rig! It’s massive!”

Indeed, Tommy, indeed.

The Crüecifly forms part of the stage show for Crüe’s current US jaunt, titled “The Final Tour.” Speaking to Music Radar, Lee once explained how the idea of mounting his drum kit on to a roller coaster track came about: “Every tour we do, everybody’s always wondering, ‘What’s Tommy Lee going to do next? What new, wild and crazy thing is he going to come up with?’ And what’s funny is, the thrill-seeker and the amusement park fan in me took over this time. Whenever I go on a roller coaster, I always say the same thing: ‘Man, I have got to find a way to take the cars off this ride and put my drums on the track!’ That’s basically where it all started. One day, I drew a design for the whole thing on a cocktail napkin.”

*sigh*

If only Tommy and his Mötley Crüe bandmates had put as much thought into their last album…

If you’re so inclined, you can watch fan-shot footage of Tommy and his massive rig in action at the Vanandel Arena, Grand Rapids below:

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Tommy Lee says that new Smashing Pumpkins album is like their early records

TLSP Studio Shot

Tommy Lee, currently filling the studio drum spot during recording sessions for the new Smashing Pumpkins album, has said that the new material is like the Pumpkins’ earliest records.

The Mötley Crüe drummer plays on nine songs from the Smashing Pumpkins’ forthcoming new album Monuments To An Elegy, and speaking to Billboard about the record, told fans to expect “epic, goose-bump songs.”

“I think he has probably the best record he’s ever written,” Lee says of front man Billy Corgan’s new material. “These are like epic, goose-bump songs. It sounds like the first couple of Smashing Pumpkins records. I was fucking blown away.”

Last week Corgan announced that he has nearly finished recording one of two new albums that the band will release in 2015. The first, which he says is nearly completed, will be Monuments To An Elegy. The second is likely to be called Day For Night and the band hope to precede both LPs with a new single this year.

Corgan also shared a tentative track listing for Monuments… that is as follows:

‘Being Beige (World’s On Fire)’
‘Anti-Hero’
‘Tiberius’
‘Run To Me’
‘One And All’
‘Drum And Fife’
‘Dorian’
‘Monuments’
‘Anaise’

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