June 25, 2005 |
The Smashing Pumpkins were one of the most acclaimed, influential and popular bands of the '90s, selling millions of records as they translated psychic pain, youthful confusion and the search for solace into an aggressive and elegant brand of rock.
June 19, 2005 |
Billy Corgan "TheFutureEmbrace" (Reprise/Martha's Music) * * * The Edsel ... Chevy Chase's talk show ... the new Coke. Now there's another item for the list of Western culture's bad ideas: the pairing of Billy Corgan and the Cure's Robert Smith on the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody." Their sepulchral intonation of the pop group's 1967 heartbreak ballad almost torpedoes the former Smashing Pumpkins leader's solo debut album, which is due in stores Tuesday.
October 3, 2004 |
Jason Pominville scored in a shootout, and Ryan Miller made 25 saves to help the Buffalo Sabres beat Calgary, 2-1, on Friday night, ending the Flames' winning streak at four games. Pominville beat Miikka Kiprusoff with a wrist shot that went between the goalie's legs. Miller then stopped Rene Bourque's attempt. Derek Roy scored in regulation for the Sabres (11-4-1), who won for the seventh time in 10 home games this season. Daymond Langkow scored for Calgary (11-4-2), and Kiprusoff made 32 saves.
October 3, 2004
In 1971, Bob Dylan was instantly slammed by critics for his book of verse called "Tarantula." Dylan's editors offered no greater support: In an unsigned introduction they wrote they "weren't quite sure what to make of the book -- except money." Over the years, many musicians -- from Patti Smith to Jewel -- have put away their guitars and picked up their pens at a grab for literary greatness. The latest songwriter to join the fray is Billy Corgan, founder and leader of the Smashing Pumpkins, a band that came of age during the grunge era and evolved quickly into a model of the now mainstreamed alternative music scene.
April 21, 2003 |
Billy Corgan's new band, Zwan, gave an extraordinary performance Friday at the Wiltern -- a grand and glorious piece of rock 'n' roll affirmation and theater that signaled the creative rebirth of a major artist whose future has been in question. There's an old belief in boxing circles that a prize fighter, however invincible he once appeared, is usually never the same after a humiliating knockout. There is a loss of confidence and will that is irreplaceable.
January 26, 2003
Zwan "Mary Star of the Sea" (Reprise) *** When Paul McCartney emerged from the Beatles breakup with his band Wings' debut album "Wild Life," there was a sense of giddy liberation in the group's shabby communalism and the album's odes to domestic bliss. Launching his new band, Billy Corgan seems similarly relieved and at ease out of the expectations and tensions of leading Smashing Pumpkins.