As they launch their summer tour of intimate venues tonight at the House of Blues in Cleveland (July 6), THE SMASHING PUMPKINS have released their fifth free track, "Freak". The song — with its deep rhythm groove and red hot guitar lines — arrives today at radio and is available for free download, with no strings attached, at the band's web site.
"Freak" is part of the iconic band's in-progress 44-song work "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope", with songs being issued online one at a time for free (four-song physical EPs will be made available as the songs are released). "Freak" is also the first song from what will be the band's second EP, "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Volume 2: The Solstice Bare" (release date to be announced).
The PUMPKINS released the first EP, "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Volume 1: Songs For A Sailor", May 25 via Martha's Music/Rocket Science Ventures to great acclaim, with Jerry Shriver of USA Today describing the music as "a delicious swirl of howling psychedelic rock and melodic ballads (5/25/10)." This very limited edition collector's EP is packaged in a beautiful collector's silk-screened wooden box. Each box will contain a four-song CD, a vinyl seven-inch single and a hand-carved obelisk.
The PUMPKINS' summer's set list will be, says leader and founder Billy Corgan, "a balance of classics, a few obscure ones, and new 'Teargarden' material."
Corgan abruptly ended the band's show at the Viper Room in West Hollywood on June 30 after being heckled by members of the audience. According to Spin.com, the band was about 80 minutes into the show when Corgan appeared alone onstage with a ukelele. After waiting for the crowd to quiet down, he began playing "Love Is The Sweetest Thing".
Someone in the audience yelled out "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" and Corgan seemed to take it in stride, saying, "They say never give your asshole uncle tickets, and there he is." But when a second voice called out "Welcome Back Kotter" and the chatter continued, Corgan cut the song short, saying "I love you all, but I'm too old for this shit." He then left the stage without playing the planned encore of "Freak" and "Today".
Only Corgan and guitarist Jeff Schroeder remain from the lineup of the PUMPKINS that toured in 2008, with Nicole Fiorentino joining on bass and Mike Byrne replacing Jimmy Chamberlin on drums.
Corgan caused controversy by berating the audience at shows on the band's 2008 tour.