Saturday, May 10, 2014

Smashing Pumpkins leader raves about Motley Crue drummer’s work on new album

Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan is raving about his experience in the studio with Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, who is set to appear on the band’s work-in-progress new album, “Monuments To An Elegy.”

The news broke this past week when Corgan posted a photo of the pair in the studio, and now he has released a statement about the sessions and how Lee became involved in the project.

“The notion to reach out to T Lee came from The Shredder [Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder] , who in hearing me say ‘we really need to get someone like Tommy to play on this song’ said, “well, why don’t we reach out to him?” posted Corgan. “And let me tell you something: I’ve had the fortune of being in the room with some of the all-time greats, and when you’re that close to someone who is the best at what they do you gain insight into the way they are able to communicate to so many. Let’s call it a universal language (which music is, obviously), and in applying it with heart/soul they present intangibles that give dimension and depth to a composition which otherwise would not be as kaleidoscopic.”

“So on flying out a few weeks ago,” Corgan continued, “I presented T Lee with the idea, played him all the songs that I’d worked hard to finish, and discussed the way we’d be most comfortable finding common ground in the studio. Which explains the rush to prepare the arrangements for him to drum on, and also our keeping the work under wraps; so that nothing and nobody could influence the process.”

“I’m also happy to report that not only did we have a blast, but the 9 ‘MONUMENTS’ songs sound epic in a way that is indescribable,” added Corgan. “I guess I could toss off hyperbole after pronoun, but it would sell short what I like to call ‘Supersonic Pumpkins’; which is a descriptor in itself. Tommy hits the drums in a crushing manner, but as many fans know this is not without nuance or reaction; as he has a fantastic ear for music and plays with the songs in a means that only enhances excitement. The only other place I’ve heard this phenomena is with John Bonham of Led Zeppelin: where heavy drums can sound soft and expressive. Good company indeed!”

“As for the connection, I first met Tommy way back in 1991 when he came to one of our shows, and through the years we’ve run into each other many times at various places,” explained Corgan. “So the coupling is not as odd as some might assume, as he, like I, has pushed into embracing new technologies, electronics, etc where it pertains to making new sounds. He is a wonderful, warm person to be around, and I wouldn’t have come to him with this proposition if I didn’t trust that this was something we’d both be proud of. So we expect to finish up the drums in a few weeks, seeing as we’re in a rush to get this stuff out and oh yeah, Tommy’s got this mega-Crue tour to do.”

“Let me also add on a personal and public level that I’m truly excited, for there’s an excitement in the music that is
vital and necessary; especially when you consider what’s dying on the vine out there,” summed up the rocker. “I believe this is soul music we’re making, and I’m proud of who I’m stuck in the foxhole with. Attack, attack, attack…”

Lee and Motley Crue are also currently in the studio, working on the final song of their career.

“All Bad Things Must Come To An End” is expected to be released in sync with the band’s farewell tour, which starts July 2 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The new song’s title was featured on the poster for the tour, issued alongside a press conference in January announcing the trek.

See also:

Motley Crue drummer to play on new Smashing Pumpkins album
Motley Crue confirm title of farewell song
Motley Crue currently recording final song of their career
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