Edited by Brett Buchanan
Yesterday, frequent Billy Corgan collaborator Linda Strawberry announced on her Instagram account that she is directing the music video for the Smashing Pumpkins track “Run2Me”, which has been placed at every show during the current End Times tour, a tour which has gained significant praise from the press and fans alike, notably for featuring original drummer Jimmy Chamberlain. The featured picture in her post, is a still from the music video itself. The implication is that the music video is narrative based, in the vein of many Smashing Pumpkins music videos. Videos with strong narratives such as “Today”, “Tonight, Tonight”, “1979” and “Ava Adore” are remembered fondly in pop culture.
Linda Strawberry, the nom de plume of Los Angeles based musician Linda Michelle Rowberry, has collaborated with Billy Corgan on numerous occasions. The first was in 2001 when Strawberry performed on keyboards, along with Jimmy Chamberlin, Urge Overkill bassist Eddie Roeser, prolific musician and DJ Christopher Holmes on guitar (who toured with the Pumpkins on additional keyboards during the Machina tours) and Corgan on vocals and guitar to cover Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” for the last episode of Bozo the Clown. Strawberry also became a member of the Djali Zwan, the acoustic alter ego of supergroup Zwan. The Djali Zwan and Billy Corgan contributed the soundtrack to the film “Spun”, released in 2002. She would also tour with Corgan during TheFutureEmbrace tour, as well as with Spirits in the Sky in 2010, a tribute to Sky Saxon of the Seeds which featured Corgan, Kerry Brown, Dave Navarro, Mike Byrne, Mark Tulin, Mark Weitz, Ysanne Spevack and Kevin Dippold. She also contributed to the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex’s first album, Life Begins Again.
The Smashing Pumpkins’ most recent album, Monuments to an Elegy, was been met with mostly positive reviews from critics, with Alternative Nation giving the album four stars. The next album fis expected to be released early 2016, with a single out by December.
Below is a recording of “Forever Young” by Corgan, Strawberry and company during the last episode of Bozo the Clown: