The Smashing Pumpkins returned to rehearsals on Friday to prepare for their upcoming short tour to promote their new album Shiny and Oh So Bright Vol. 1/LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. The band ran into an old friend, Adore era drummer Kenny Aranoff. After Jimmy Chamberlin was fired from The Smashing Pumpkins in 1996, he was initially replaced by Matt Walker on tour. For the Adore tour in 1998, Aranoff took over as drummer, though Chamberlin was rehired near the end of 1998. You can view the photo below.
Billy Corgan discussed the music business in a new Toronto Sun interview, “There’s no shortage of advice in the music business. As one music exec once told me, ‘It’s called the music business for a reason.’ That’s a quote by the way. When you create something that is at its heart anarchic and it succeeds it’s pretty interesting who tries to tell you if you tone down the anarchy 2% you’ll see a greater yield in your harvest. You learn over time that the bean counters are wrong.
The greats that I idolize refused to let anybody from their friends to their bandmates to their wife tell them how they should do their thing. That’s the one thing I’ve learned. We’re here because we still truly represent something that’s pretty rare, and that’s why I don’t have a problem if people don’t like what we do because to me that’s like saying, ‘I don’t like that restaurant.’ That’s cool. Just go to another restaurant.”