In recent years it seems as if Billy Corgan is evolving into a sort of Rock and Roll elder statesman that serves as a constant reminder of why musicians and artists are so important to society. Although Corgan may be considered to some as rock royalty, the new Smashing Pumpkins album in the works could be a way to further cement his legacy in the millennial generation of music fans. Corgan recently announced on his Instagram that the new Smashing Pumpkins album will be co-produced by Rick Rubin, one of music's most accomplished, innovative and respected minds, which should definitely help the band recapture some of the magic they generated in the 1990's.
Corgan elaborated a bit on the addition of Rubin, while taking a subtle shot at the way social media has influenced our daily lives by saying "We are currently in the studio with Rick Rubin, but unless I show you a picture of Rick sitting Buddha-like at a mixing desk, you probably wouldn't know that." Corgan will have some familiar help on producing the new album by reuniting with former Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James Iha on the band's 10th studio album. Unfortunately, this Smashing Pumpkins reunion will only be three-fourths complete as bassist D'Arcy Gretzky recently announced that she won't be taking part in the upcoming tour.
One thing is certain and that's when you combine two of music legends like this, good things are bound to happen.
I've had a crazy life. Good crazy, but crazy nonetheless. For example. I saw this picture of myself the other day. Besides having a generally good idea of when it was taken (1993 or 1994) I don't remember actually taking the photo, nor do I remember countless others like it between the years 1991-2004. Now, perhaps that says something about my inability or desire to remember, but I'd argue it's an unfortunate result of the blur of those years. Which leads me to this time, or this moment, where like so many, I share a window (curated as it is) into my crazy life. As an example, we are currently in the studio with Rick Rubin. But unless I show you a picture of Rick sitting Buddha-like at a mixing desk, you probably wouldn't know that. Or when I, in a very naive way, post a shot with a needle in my arm and ramble on about making peace with God and time left on dear 'ol Earth, it sent some signal to friends and associates alike that I was sick or wanted other's sympathy. (As fact, it was an IV full of vitamins and homeopathy to assist in getting over this vicious flu). So yes, was sick, and no, not serious in any way nor would I share such info here because this window I'd prefer to be one where you see the sunlight streaming through. The only addendum to that is when I saw how others were reacting to their perception of my misguided and poorly worded message, I chose not to react in kind; in essence I let the shadows cast be whatever you-they-them want to believe. Because we live now in a world where perception often outweighs reality, and that's fine. So to that, here's a new pic I just took of me with my sandy-brown, curly hair flowing in the studio breeze. Lots of love, WPC #wpc