Billy Corgan Fires Drummer Mike Byrne

artist: The Smashing Pumpkins date: 06/17/2014 category: general music news

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Billy Corgan Fires Drummer Mike Byrne
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan shared quite a few updates on the current state of affairs, discussing the new album's sound, release date and the status of drummer Mike Byrne.

Chatting with Music Radar, Corgan was asked to comment about describing the guitar sound as "more so on the epic side of things than, say, grossly metallic."

"It probably has more to do with space than density," he replied. "There's a lot this modern tone - I don't want to name names - a kind of midrange in the modern sound with smaller guitars that sound big. I've tended to go in the other direction with the scooped-Hetfield sound, a lot of low end, a lot of attack."

Sharing fresh info regarding the release date, Billy expressed hope to have the lead single out this fall and for the full album to hit the shelves in February.

"Shooting for a single by October - possibly sooner, but I guess October, November at the latest - and then an album will probably be February. As for the timetable between the two albums, I worked it out contractually that it’d be no more than nine months, so I'm going to try to stick to that. I'm sure [BMG] would be fine if it were longer, but I'd like to keep it short," he said.

Finally, seeing that Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee did a great share of drum recording for the upcoming two efforts, Billy was asked about the status of Mike Byrne, who had spent nearly five years in the SP fold.

"Tommy Lee is the drummer on the 'Monuments' album. Mike, like Elvis, has left the building," the frontman said. Asked on whether he wants to elaborate, Corgan added, "Mmm... Let's just say that Mike, like Elvis, has left the building."

As reported, the band is aiming to release a total of two albums during 2015, titled "Monuments to an Elegy" and "Day for Night."
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