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Ex-HOLE/SMASHING PUMPKINS Bassist To Release Solo Album In February

Ex-HOLE/SMASHING PUMPKINS bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur will release her self-titled debut album in February through Capitol Records. The CD, which was produced by MASTERS OF REALITY mainman Chris Goss at several studios, including Stratosphere in New York City (owned by former SMASHING PUMPKINS and current A PERFECT CIRCLE guitarist James Iha), will feature guest ...

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Former FAITH NO MORE Guitarist Grows Monster Pumpkins

Former FAITH NO MORE guitarist Jim Martin, who has reinvented himself as a pumpkin grower, won for the heaviest pumpkin grown in California at the 30th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off, which was held on October 13 in Half Moon Bay, California. Martin took fourth place overall with his 1,064-pound pumpkin (photo), ...

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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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INFECTIOUS GROOVES: Studio Update

INFECTIOUS GROOVES, the funkadelic side project of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES frontman Mike Muir, have posted the following update on the songwriting/recording sessions for their new album: "INFECTIOUS GROOVES has been writing songs for the new CD and will start pre-production tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday. Saturday and Sunday we'll all be busy working on STudio and Saturday ...

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TO MY SURPRISE: Video Posted Online

TO MY SURPRISE's video for the track "In The Mood" has been posted online at this location. "In The Mood" comes off TO MY SURPRISE's self-titled debut album, due on October 7 through Roadrunner Records. "To My Surprise" was produced by the legendary Rick Rubin (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, ...

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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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TO MY SURPRISE: Music Posted Online

TO MY SURPRISE, the new band featuring SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. The Clown), have posted a track called "Get It To Go" in streaming Real Audio at this location. "Get It To Go" comes off TO MY SURPRISE's self-titled debut album, due on October 7 through Roadrunner Records. "To My Surprise" was ...

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Former NINE INCH NAILS Man To Remix P.O.D. (Again)

Former NINE INCH NAILS member Chris Vrenna has signed on to create his third remix for P.O.D. for the track "We Will" from their upcoming CD, "Payable On Death", according to Undercover News. Vrenna has worked with P.O.D. previously on movie soundtracks, remixing "Set It Off" for "The Scorpion King" soundtrack as well as "The ...

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A PERFECT CIRCLE's HOWERDEL Says The New Bandmembers Have Injected 'Fresh Life Into Things'

A PERFECT CIRCLE guitarist Billy Howerdel recently spoke to Canada's Chart Attack about the addition to the group's ranks of ex-SMASHING PUMPKINS guitarist James Iha and ex-MARILYN MANSON bassist Jeordie "Twiggy Ramirez" White. "I couldn't have asked for a smoother transition," he said. "And without trying to sound cocky, this is certainly some very complex ...

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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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A PERFECT CIRCLE Drummer Praises The Group's Latest Additions

A PERFECT CIRCLE drummer Josh Freese recently spoke to Cleveland Scene about the latest additions to the group's lineup, bassist Jeordie White (a.k.a. Twiggy Ramirez, ex-MARILYN MANSON) and guitarist James Iha (ex-SMASHING PUMPKINS). "Jeordie is a really, really great, confident bass player," he said. And as a drummer, I can tell a good bass player ...

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DAVE GROHL Ties The Knot

People magazine reports that FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl, 34, and former MTV producer Jordyn Blum (photo), 27, wed at their Los Angeles home Aug. 2. Hundreds of guests, including label honcho Clive Davis and Grohl's former NIRVANA bandmate Krist Novoselic attended the nuptials. It is the first marriage for Blum, the second ...

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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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It's Official: JAMES IHA Is A PERFECT CIRCLE's New Guitarist

Former SMASHING PUMPKINS guitarist James Iha has officially joined A PERFECT CIRCLE, according to MTV.com. Although Iha didn't contribute to the band's new album, "Thirteenth Step", he'll be onstage for the band's 12-date club tour, which begins July 26 in Denver. In related news, on August 5, A PERFECT CIRCLE drummer Josh Freese will release ...

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Former SMASHING PUMPKINS Guitarist To Join A PERFECT CIRCLE?

Former SMASHING PUMPKINS guitarist James Iha has reportedly been approached to replace Danny Lohner (NINE INCH NAILS) in the current A PERFECT CIRCLE lineup. According to Australia's Undercover News, Iha — who has remained relatively low-key since the breakup of SMASHING PUMPKINS — became "suddenly available" just as A PERFECT CIRCLE were about to audition ...

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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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A PERFECT CIRCLE Announce Lineup Changes Galore

As first reported here on Feb. 7, former MARILYN MANSON bassist Twiggy Ramirez (a.k.a. Jeordie White) has now officially replaced Paz Lenchantin in A PERFECT CIRCLE. In addition, the band have announced that guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen has left the group to become a full-time member of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and ...

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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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ZWAN Land At #3 On BILLBOARD Album Chart

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 highest debuting act on the next Billboard 200 albums chart, having sold 90,025 copies of their debut album, "Mary Star of ...

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COURTNEY LOVE Arrested At London Airport

Former HOLE singer Courtney Love was arrested today (Feb. 4) at Heathrow Airport in London after being "verbally abusive" to cabin crew. She was held as she landed on a transatlantic flight from Los Angeles, Virgin Atlantic said. She had been travelling in Virgin's Upper Class cabin when she allegedly became disruptive and the captain ...

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ZWAN: Live Photos Posted Online

Several photos taken during ZWAN's performance at their album release party at The Museum Of Science And Industry in Chicago, Illinois have been posted online at this location. ZWAN feature in their ranks former SMASHING PUMPKINS mainman Billy Corgan, ex-PUMPKINS drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, former CHAVEZ guitarist Matt Sweeney, ex-SLINT guitarist David Pajo, and ...

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ZWAN Cover IRON MAIDEN Classic On Upcoming Single

Former SMASHING PUMPKINS mainman Billy Corgan's new band, ZWAN, have recorded a cover of the IRON MAIDEN classic "Number of the Beast" for inclusion on their upcoming "Honestly" single. The three-track CD will also feature the non-album track "Freedom Ain't What It Used To Be". ZWAN, whose lineup is completed by ex-PUMPKINS drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, ...

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BILLY CORGAN Writes With LISA MARIE PRESLEY

Former SMASHING PUMPKINS and current ZWAN frontman Billy Corgan has co-written a song called "Savior" with LISA MARIE PRESLEY for the latter's upcoming debut album, due in stores April 8. Presley, of course, is the daughter of late music legend ELVIS PRESLEY. Meanwhile, ZWAN's "Honestly" video has been posted on the band's official site at ...

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