Billy Corgan has revealed a major but not surprising change in Smashing Pumpkins` ranks.
He’s told Music Radar that drummer Mike Byrne has left the group after a five-year tenure that began when Byrne was just 19 years old. The move was expected after Corgan announced that Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee was playing drums on “Monuments To An Elegy,” one of two new Pumpkins albums Corgan is working on (“Day For Night” is the other).
Corgan explained the decision by saying, “It’s still about excitement, right? So what is my version of ‘excitement’ at this point in my life? I don’t think it’s that same old formula — I don’t see where people would listen to it. I think (2012’s) ‘Oceania’ was in the neighborhood of that, and I didn’t see the level of listening that I would have liked. To me, that just says, ‘Well, I’m wasting my time’ — and, by extension, somebody else’s.”
Lee, meanwhile, tells us that he’s very excited about what Corgan has come up with for “Monuments To An Elegy:
“Jesus he’s got a great record. It’s gonna be a good one. It sounds like probably the first couple Smashing Pumpkins records. It`s still about that…He even said it to me; he went off on kind of a little experimental, fun journey, like more of a personal thing, and he said, ‘I’ve got that out of my system and I’m ready now to come back and f***ing smash it up,’ and it’s clear that’s what his goal is right now. So, yeah, it’s like probably their first couple records — epic-sounding stuff. Some of the stuff sounds like it could be in movie soundtrack stuff, that kind of stuff. It gives you gossebumps.”
Corgan hopes to finish both albums by the end of the summer and then plot release dates.