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TAPROOT Collaborate With BILLY CORGAN, DEFTONES' CARPENTER

TAPROOT recently collaborated with former SMASHING PUMPKINS/ZWAN mainman Billy Corgan on material for the group's upcoming third Velvet Hammer/Atlantic album. "We went to meet Billy hoping to learn how to approach songwriting in a new way," drummer Jared Montague told Billboard.com. "We ended up getting about a year's worth of music and life education in ...

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Former SMASHING PUMPKINS Leader Guests On New BLINDSIDE CD

Former SMASHING PUMPKINS/ZWAN leader Billy Corgan has contributed guitar to a song on Swedish rock band BLINDSIDE's forthcoming album, according to Billboard.com. "Billy Corgan heard a song, flipped out, and asked if he could play guitar on the record," the band's manager, Tim Cook, told the magazine. BLINDSIDE guitarist Simon Grenehed flew to Chicago, where ...

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BILLY CORGAN Says ZWAN Are No More

Former SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan has confirmed that his latest band, ZWAN, are no more, according to Dotmusic.com. Speaking to U.S. radio station WGN-Ch 9, Corgan said he had disbanded the group, suggesting that the experience had became mundane. "My heart was in SMASHING PUMPKINS," he explained. "I really enjoyed my experience with ZWAN, ...

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BILLY CORGAN Turns Poetic

Billy Corgan will give a multi-media performance of his poetry to kick off the Poetry Center of Chicago's thirty-first annual Reading Series on September 17, according to Rolling Stone. The ZWAN frontman joins a list of Poetry Center readers that has, over the years, included Saul Bellow, Margaret Atwood, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and ...

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Bassist PAZ LENCHANTIN Rejoins A PERFECT CIRCLE At Chicago Gig

Bassist Paz Lenchantin made a surprise appearance with her former A PERFECT CIRCLE bandmates during the group's headlining gig at Cabaret Metro in Chicago Sunday night (August 10). Lenchantin reportedly played violin during her brief appearance and hugged guitarist Billy Howerdel when she was done. Singer Maynard James Keenan then called her over to him, ...

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Bassist PAZ LENCHANTIN Leaves ZWAN

Bassist Paz Lenchantin (ex-A PERFECT CIRCLE) has left ZWAN, the group fronted by former SMASHING PUMPKINS singer Billy Corgan, and will be dedicating her time to PAPA M, a long-running project founded by ZWAN guitarist David Pajo. "My experience with ZWAN has been great but it is time for me to move on to new ...

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ZWAN Cancel European Dates

Chicago-based ZWAN, the new band featuring former SMASHING PUMPKINS mainman Billy Corgan, ex-PUMPKINS drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, former CHAVEZ guitarist Matt Sweeney, ex-SLINT guitarist David Pajo, and ex-A PERFECT CIRCLE bassist Paz Lechantin, have cancelled the remainder of their European tour due to "family reasons." No other details are currently available. ...

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ZWAN To Explore Folk Roots With Alter-Ego Project

Chicago-based ZWAN, the new band featuring former SMASHING PUMPKINS mainman Billy Corgan, ex-PUMPKINS drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, former CHAVEZ guitarist Matt Sweeney, ex-SLINT guitarist David Pajo, and A PERFECT CIRCLE bassist Paz Lechantin, will record an album and a DVD this fall with their acoustic alter-ego project DJALI ZWAN. An early 2004 release is expected. "We're ...

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ZWAN Confirmed For Germany's ROCK AM RING, ROCK IN PARK Festivals

Chicago-based ZWAN, the new band featuring former SMASHING PUMPKINS mainman Billy Corgan, ex-PUMPKINS drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, former CHAVEZ guitarist Matt Sweeney, ex-SLINT guitarist David Pajo, and A PERFECT CIRCLE bassist Paz Lechantin, are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals, scheduled to take place ...

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Ex-MARILYN MANSON Bassist Joins A PERFECT CIRCLE?

Former MARILYN MANSON bassist Twiggy Ramirez is strongly rumored to have joined A PERFECT CIRCLE as a replacement for Paz Lenchantin. Lenchantin is believed to have left the group last year in order to become a full-time member of ZWAN, the band led by ex-SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan. A PERFECT CIRCLE are currently working ...

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