LISTEN TO PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED SMASHING PUMPKINS CHRISTMAS SONG “HAVE FAITH, BE MERRIE”

From Smashing Pumpkins Record Club:

Merrie Holidays & Happy New Year!

As a thank you for supporting the Smashing Pumpkins Record Club (SPRC) this year, Billy went digging in the vaults and found this beautiful holiday song called Have Faithe, Be Merrie. We hope you enjoy it!

There is so much in store for you in 2012, from the new album Oceania to the EMI Reissues to special SPRC offers and exclusives. Hint: we’ve seen songs from Pisces Iscariot, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Adore, pre Gish demos and “the Rubano Tapes” being worked on in the studio.  We will make some cool stuff that you can only get at www.smashingpumpkins.com and other fun places online. And last but not least, there’s been some talk of a very special tour for next year…

You can love us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, watch us on YouTube and hang out with us on Google+ – but where ever you are we will be listening (and responding when we can – so much work to do!).

Here’s to next year!

~The Smashing Pumpkins  & The SPRC team

YAHOO.COM MOCKS ALICE IN CHAINS BASSIST MIKE STARR’S DEATH

Yahoo.com has a new article about about celebrities who died this year, and they made a few disrespectful remarks about the late Mike Starr of Alice In Chains:

23) Obligatory Tragic Grunge Musician Death:

Mike Starr (Alice In Chains), 44, March 8 (body found on this date)

The life expectancy of a grunge musician is pretty dismal. Playing in Alice in Chains, the average is even worse. Talk about a job hazard. You’d be better off cleaning up nuclear waste than being in this band.

SCOTT WEILAND SAYS STONE TEMPLE PILOTS WORKING ON BOX SET, COFFEE TABLE BOOK & NEW ALBUM FOR 2012

Scott Weiland: MyFoxNY.com

On Good Morning New York Scott Weiland stated that Stone Temple Pilots have a lot of ideas to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Core. He said there’s a lot of archival footage they’re putting together, a coffee table book, hopefully a new album, a box set, and a tour. Obviously all of this is in the planning stages, but it’s good to see Scott talking about it.

FORMER SMASHING PUMPKINS GUITARIST JAMES IHA FINISHES NEW SOLO ALBUM

From James Iha’s Facebook page:

Hey guys – exciting news for the holidays: I’ve finally finished my new record – more info about that to come in the new year. Along with the new album, EMI Japan will be rereleasing my first solo record early in 2012. Keep an eye here/on my website for official announcements in January/February. Hope you all have a great holiday!

James’ last solo record was his debut Let It Come Down, released in 1998.

CAMERON CROWE SAYS THAT ANDREW WOOD WAS AN INSPIRATION BEHIND PEARL JAM TWENTY FILM

Here is an excerpt from Cameron Crowe’s new interview with USA Today.

Anyway, we’re talking because you’re on my list of people of the year. And I put you there because I loved your Pearl Jam documentary. It gave me the same feeling of when I’ve seen Pearl Jam live.

That was the goal.

What have you learned from the band?

My instinct was always that their story was something that needed to be told. People knew pieces of it, but they didn’t know a lot of it. And I always felt lucky, because I’d seen them play, and I kind of had enough sense of their history to know what was behind the songs a little bit.

I would always feel so emotional watching them, because I remembered their whole journey from Mother Love Bone days until now. And I just thought, “If we make this movie correctly, we can tell that story.”

I thought if we could just quietly tell this story and hang out in Stone‘s house and Stone could just tell us what it felt like to live through this. And Jeff could be in Montana, and (if) we could see that guy that it would all add up to the feeling of what it’s like to love Pearl Jam. I felt Andy Wood‘s voice so strongly making it.

BILLY CORGAN COMPLIMENTS HIS FORMER SMASHING PUMPKINS BANDMATES

Billy may have turned a new leaf!  He complimented his former band mates in a new interview with chicagoverseunited.com:

CVU: What is it about you as a songwriter and the Smashing Pumpkins as a band that has resulted in such a large body of work? For every record, there seems to be a surplus of b-sides, alternate takes, and vault material.
BC: I’m really a restless musician, and I bore really easily. I was lucky to have had a band that supported me in going in all these different directions at once, It was also a release for us to have a bit of fun, after really long and drawn out album sessions, to just go into a small studio and bang out 3 b-sides in 3 days; to say in a messy way what the albums couldn’t in the pursuit of perfection.

PEARL JAM VOLUNTEER TO RE-SIGN FAN’S STOLEN GUITAR

Credit: WCAX.com

An update now to the story of the stolen guitar in Burlington.

We told you last week that police had recovered the Fender Telecaster that was stolen from Ben Hardy. The guitar had sentimental value because it had been signed by members of Pearl Jam and given to Hardy’s brother, Josh, when he was dying of cancer nearly 20 years ago.

When police got it back the signatures had been sanded off. But now, Seven Days newspaper reports that Pearl Jam has contacted Hardy and volunteered to re-sign the guitar.