Smashing Pumpkins Set to Release New Album 'Monuments to an Elegy' on December 9

Meanwhile, frontman Billy Corgan says band could live without him.

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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has announced plans to release the band's new album "Monuments to an Elegy" on December 9.

Chatting with Stereogum, he noted, "Actually, the first one, 'Monuments to an Elegy,' has been bumped up to, at this moment, December 9th. It’s funny, I put some of that information on a weekend post ... it's interesting how the internet works. I put that on a weekend post and nobody picked up on it."

As reported, the album was initially planned for 2015, but got finished faster than expected, resulting in schedule changes. However, the group's second new album, "Day for Night," is still set for 2015 release.

In related news, Corgan noted that SP could easily live without him. During a recent Chicagoist interview, he stated, "I've said this before, I think it would be dumb to end the Pumpkins ever again because the Pumpkins live without me anyway. So I might as well just let it be and pick it up whenever I feel I should. The past few years I've wanted to pick it up a lot and I've felt good about that. But I think you look for points of resolution."

Apart from the fresh tunes, the latest recording sessions resulted in an escalating bromance between Billy and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, who joined the SP fold in the studio for new album recordings.

In other news, Corgan has announced plans to revisit older recordings for yet another future release. More info here.

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    Christmas come early for us Pumpkin-heads. Looking forward to it.
    Definitely hoping this is the start of a new direction, Oceania was definitely a step up from the aimless twee wanderings of the previous teargarden stuff, but it still didn't sound right.
    I actually liked Oceania, but not in the perspective of a Pumpkins album cause it really doesn't. As i said before this band is more like Billy And Friends than The Smashing Pumpkins. The Smashing Pumpkins died 14 years ago.
    i agree with you feral. ive been a sp fanboy since 1996, and i wasnt much of a fan of anything BC did after machina II because i was soured after the original lineup disbanded. zeitgeist was ok, everything after kinda sucked to me, but oceania brought me right back around. i wish he would at least take jimmy back though, cuz this trent reznor-nin rotating member thing is doing my head in.
    The best album BC's made after Machina II is, in my opinion, TheFutureEmbrace. I know that it usually gets a lot of shit from people, but I think it's a nice little album. Certainly better than Mary Star of the Sea or Zeitgeist. Oceania was a lot better than those two, but not as good as TFE.
    I actually liked Mary Star of The Sea, sure it's not as good of an album as Siamese Dream or Mellon Collie, but it was still pretty good. Zwan should've done some more stuff, people get a bit too worked up because Billy was involved and it doesn't sound like Smashing Pumpkins.
    I don't even expect anything great from this band after the cover of landslide.....
    Um.. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness came after that.
    So was MACHINA / The Machines of God, MACHINA II / The Friends and Enemies of Modern Music, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope (3 volumes of it), Ocenania... Adore and Zeitgeist were decent but not really great IMO Yes, I am a SP fanboy. Feel free to disagree and downvote / insult me.
    Is it my impression or latley Billy's comments are becoming more and more weird and senseless? I found hard to understand what he's saying in this article and i the Adore's reissue article a few weeks ago. Anyway, hope this album has the same vibe of Oceania