Tommy Lee: 'New Smashing Pumpkins' Album Is Corgan's Best'

New LP sounds like "Gish" and "Siamese Dream."

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Tommy Lee has spoken out about what to expect from the upcoming new album from the Smashing Pumpkins - stating that it's "the best thing Billy Corgan has ever written."

As Gigwise notes, Motley Crue icon Lee is playing drums on the new album, "Monuments to an Elegy," and in a new interview with Billboard, says that it's shaping up to be something pretty special.

"I think he has probably the best record he's ever written," said Lee. "These are like epic, goose-bump songs. It sounds like the first couple of Smashing Pumpkins records. I was f--king blown away."

Lee added that he hopes to return to the studio in the coming weeks to complete the songs, and that it was likely to be released with another SP album called "Days for Night" in 2015.

The news comes after Billy Corgan struck a deal with BMG earlier this year for a dual album release. Recording officially began in March, with Corgan promising a return to the harder edged, metallic sounding Smashing Pumpkins that fans have been clamouring for. Producer Howard Willing will be working on the album, the last Corgan record he worked on being "Adore" in 1998.

"Think: 'Guitars, guitars, guitars, and more guitars;' but more so on the epic side of things than say, grossly metallic," said Corgan, describing the new record.

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    Sounds like the first two? I guess Corgan decided to give everyone what they've been asking for. I am looking forward to the first single to see if it lives up to the hype.
    He think he mentioned that he´s doing two albums, one to please the old-school fans and one where he just does whatever he wants. Should be interesting.
    I'd love to hear Siamese Dream part II but I just can't see it happening. It might be in the same musical ballpark but Jimmy was responsible for a lot of the feel and vibe of that music so without him, I can't see Billy recapturing the same energy. And also, he's a different person now. His voice and lyrics have both changed dramatically so there's every chance that if he attempts to rehash that 90s sound he could end up sounding like a caricature of himself. I'm excited but I do have my doubts.
    Corgan's an artist. I don't like everything he does, nor should I. I hope it does sound like Gish or Siamese Dream, I love those albums, but only if Billy his heart in it. I can't imagine him selling out and making a record for the wrong reasons, it's not his style. The real question is if Tommy Lee's opinion and hype is something you can trust in.
    I doubt it'll actually sound like Siamese, but Oceania was a great return to the old Pumpkins sound so I have some high hopes for this record.
    I hate to say it, but my first reaction was "oh f*** off Tommy Lee, no one's falling for your bullsh*t." That being said, Billy has never let me down before...
    I really hope it is outstanding. For the sake of Rock n Roll in general, we need a great album to be released by somebody!
    They're good at hyping it up to make people want to listen to it, that's for sure. But people kind of said the same things about "Oceania" and I personally thought it was a pretty lackluster album save for a few songs (but still weren't up to par with classic Pumpkins). Even still, I'm really anxious to hear it.