Smashing Pumpkins Planning Bold Album Eerily Similar To Scott Weiland


Late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland was a Christmas enthusiast, releasing his own holiday album The Most Wonderful Time of the Year in 2011, and even going on a Christmas tour. Billy Corgan told USA Today in a new interview that The Smashing Pumpkins may be the second 90’s alternative rockers to release a Christmas record.

Q: After the current tour wraps next month, do you plan to take some time off or get right back to work?

Corgan: We’re already talking about tour stuff for next year, so there will be more Pumpkins shows in 2019. But for me, once we get off tour, I’m either going to be doing some writing in LA with some friends or going back to Chicago to start writing new Smashing Pumpkins. I also have an inkling to try and get us to do a Christmas record one day, so I might try to use the Christmas spirit to put the record together in concept, even if we’re not ready to record it.

Q: Would that include covers or be all original material?

Corgan: It would be a mixture. I have released two Christmas songs, and I was thinking it would be nice to re-record those in the context of the record we would make. It would be probably lean more acoustic. I would think it’s a bit weird (to make) wild Christmas records. Although, I also like “Jingle Bell Rock,” which is basically 1950s rockabilly. But I don’t know. When I think Christmas music, I tend to think something you want to put on and sit around the tree with the kids and not rock out to. I don’t see us doing a rocking-out Christmas album.