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Billy Corgan Reveals Size Of Marilyn Manson’s Penis

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan recently recorded a funny Facebook video with TNA wrestler Grado at an Impact Wrestling television taping in the United Kingdom.

Grado sarcastically asks Corgan, “I’m sitting here with Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, and I’ve got a question that’s been on my mind for quite some time. Billy, what size is Marilyn Manson’s cock?”

Corgan quips back, “Well, it’s bigger than yours.”

Grado says, “You don’t know the size of my cock.”

BillCo deadpans, “No, I’ve seen your cock, it’s a bally half incher.”

Corgan has also been doing live Facebook videos, discussing his new documentary he is filming across about America that he hopes to turn into a series. Last night, Corgan criticized the Super Bowl.

“That was a terrible Super Bowl, I have to say. I mean you got the big Peyton Manning walk off into the sunset win, but what a shnoozo.”

Corgan also spent a lot of time answering fan questions, revealing that he hopes to have long 3 hour Smashing Pumpkins sets next year with Jimmy Chamberlin back in the fold, much like their 2007 Zeitgeist tour. He also revealed that many demos from his solo album TheFutureEmbrace sounded like Siamese Dream.

Ex-Bandmate Wishes Marilyn Manson Would Die: ‘He Should Put A Bullet In His Head’

Marilyn Manson’s former keyboardist Stephen Bier (formerly known by his stage name of Madonna Wayne Gacy, and his nickname of Pogo) recently wished death upon Manson on his Facebook page following the recent deaths of several prominent rock musicians, including David Bowie, Lemmy Kilmister, Scott Weiland, and Glenn Frey. Bier played with Manson from 1989 to 2007. Read his Facebook remarks below, where he refers to Manson by his real name, Brian Warner:

“I am genuinely amazed at how many prominent entertainers and musicians have kicked-off in the last 30 days… too bad Brian Warner isn’t one of them.”

“Apparently, the old cliche that ‘only the good die young’ is truth.”

“I can’t wait to do: the electric Boogaloo, the Texas two step, the waltz, and an Irish jig on his grave.”

“Maybe this is the end times, and it is a really slow rapture starting with musicians?”

“The best thing he can do to preserve his legacy, is put a bullet in his head and prove his integrity.”

“Presently, he is unintentionally… slowly… committing suicide one pill at a time.”

When someone commented that Manson would enjoy ‘butt stuff’ in hell with Kanye West, Wier agreed.

“Knowing the two of them, they would probably enjoy that, & I am not gay bashing.”

“He has been wanting to die for years now, absorbed in a ball of self delusion.”

Find Out How Much Money Tool & Scott Weiland Made At Recent Concerts

Billboard have released box office reports for recent rock concerts, including the late Scott Weiland’s final U.S. concert just two months ago, recent Tool and Puscifer shows, a Marilyn Manson show, and many more.

Artist: Scott Weiland
Venue: Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Date: November 29, 2015
Gross Sales: $8,585
Attendance/Capacity: 566 / 1,573
Ticket Prices: $15

Artist: Tool, 3Teeth
Venue: San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Date: January 6-7, 2016
Gross Sales: $1,476,140
Attendance/Capacity: 17,365 / 17,365
Ticket Prices: $90, $85

Artist: Muse, X Ambassadors
Venue: Chicago, IL – United Center
Date: January 13, 2016
Gross Sales: $819,321
Attendance/Capacity: 13,439 / 13,439
Ticket Prices: $69.50, $59.50, $49.50, $39.50

Artist: Judas Priest, Mastodon
Venue: Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Date: November 5-6, 2015
Gross Sales: $299,689
Attendance/Capacity: 3,160 / 3,160
Ticket Prices: $95

Artist: King Crimson
Venue: Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Date: November 19-21, 2015
Gross Sales: $286,697
Attendance/Capacity: 3,107 / 3,107
Ticket Prices: $150.07, $52.15

Artist: Nightwish, Amorphis, Arch Enemy
Venue: Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
Date: November 18, 2015
Gross Sales: $260,923
Attendance/Capacity: 6,409 / 8,378
Ticket Prices: $46.91, $31.99

Artist: Deep Purple
Venue: Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
Date: November 23, 2015
Gross Sales: $258,484
Attendance/Capacity: 4,359 / 7,555
Ticket Prices: $72.37, $51.09

Artist: Marilyn Manson, Krokodil
Venue: London, UK – Eventim Apollo
Date: November 19, 2015
Gross Sales: $251,391
Attendance/Capacity: 5,085 / 5,098
Ticket Prices: $49.44

Artist: Scorpions
Venue: Antwerp, BEL – Sportpaleis
Date: November 22, 2015
Gross Sales: $247,944
Attendance/Capacity: 4,669 / 8,000
Ticket Prices: $85.14, $40.44

Artist: Puscifer, Luchafer
Venue: Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
Date: December 8, 2015
Gross Sales: $115,827
Attendance/Capacity: 1,907 / 1,907
Ticket Prices: $79.50, $59.50

Artist: Godsmack, Red Sun Rising
Venue: Fresno, CA – William Saroyan Theatre
Date: November 8, 2015
Gross Sales: $65,686
Attendance/Capacity: 1,360 / 2,319
Ticket Prices: $69.50, $29.50

Artist: Ghost, Purson
Venue: Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan
Date: October 26, 2015
Gross Sales: $40,321
Attendance/Capacity: 1,325 / 1,325
Ticket Prices: $30.60, $28

Artist: Falling in Reverse, Attila, Metro Station, Assuming We Survive
Venue: Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Date: December 4, 2015
Gross Sales: $30,597
Attendance/Capacity: 1,315 / 2,300
Ticket Prices: $25, $23

Artist: Bring Me the Horizon, Issues, PVRIS
Venue: Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
Date: October 23, 2015
Gross Sales: $28,527
Attendance/Capacity: 771 / 771
Ticket Prices: $37

Artist: King Diamond, Electric Citizen
Venue: Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Date: November 23, 2015
Gross Sales: $23,502
Attendance/Capacity: 859 / 2,300
Ticket Prices: $30, $27

Artist: Symphony X, Overkill
Venue: Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
Date: September 26, 2015
Gross Sales: $17,685
Attendance/Capacity: 594 / 640
Ticket Prices: $100, $32, $25, $12.50

Artist: Between the Buried and Me, Enslaved, Intronaut, Native Construct
Venue: Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan
Date: November 29, 2015
Gross Sales: $16,553
Attendance/Capacity: 601 / 1,300
Ticket Prices: $28, $27.50

Artist: Machine Head
Venue: St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
Date: December 4, 2015
Gross Sales: $14,193
Attendance/Capacity: 613 / 705
Ticket Prices: $30, $25

Artist: Tremonti, Trivium
Venue: Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
Date: September 30, 2015
Gross Sales: $10,555
Attendance/Capacity: 509 / 1,186
Ticket Prices: $25, $20

Artist: Eluveitie, The Agonist
Venue: Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
Date: September 16, 2015
Gross Sales: $9,615
Attendance/Capacity: 476 / 721
Ticket Prices: $20, $12.50

Soundgarden, Faith No More & Smashing Pumpkins Owed Millions By Festival

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) had a meeting with Soundwave Festival creditors on October 7th to detail the money creditors believe Soundwave acts are owed. Music Feeds AU has a list of money owed in $AUD. The current exchange rate is about $0.71 USD to $1 AUD.

Soundgarden — $2,132,075.00
Faith No More — $751,076.20
Marilyn Manson — $588,000.56
Slash — $484,628.00
The Smashing Pumpkins — $1,267,446.43
Incubus — $571,428.58
All Time Low — $141,144.70
Animals as Leaders — $16,607.14
Antemasque — $138,721.43
Apocalyptica — $65,601.90
Area-7 — $7,594.20
Atreyu — $52,044.64
Coldrain — $16,270.50
Crossfaith — $25,431.55
Deathstars — $17,500.00
Dragonforce — $21,000.00
Emily’s Army — $19,185.29
Escape the Fate — $21,985.68
Falling In Reverse — $54,064.98
Fall Out Boy — $394,107.14
Fear Factory — $78,263.96
Fucked Up — $24,779.40
Gerard Way — $89,510.75
Godflesh — $33,314.00
Godsmack — $200,000.00
Hollywood Undead — $65,183.54
Judas Priest — $349,560.55
Killer Be Killed — $24,513.00
Lagwagon — $30,274.52
Lamb of God — $161,323.33
Live Nation Worldwide, Inc — $1,180,325.56
Lower Than Atlantis — $18,800.06
Millencolin — $91,874.50
Ministry — $203,952.01
Monuments — $19,153.00
Ne Obliviscaris — $5,720.60
New Found Glory — $43,279.88
Nonpoint — $8,137.54
Nothing More — $35,000.00
Of Mice and Men — $29,040.00
Papa Roach — $93,050.93
Patent Pending — $22,000.00
Sleepwave — $17,470.35
Slipknot — $1,645,299.29
Steel Panther — $92,517.57
The Aquabats — $32,787.26
The Color Morale — $11,464.58
The Interrupters — $20,231.14
The Raglans — $11,059.82
The Swellers — $21,412.24
The Treatment — $8,193.74
The Vandals — $57,142.86
Tonight Alive — $38,500.00
Twin Atlantic — $20,154.85

Top 10 Rock Songs Of 2015

Alternative Nation released its top 10 rock albums of the year just a couple of weeks ago, but that list was voted by readers. Below is a list of the top 10 rock songs of 2015, as selected by Alternative Nation owner Brett Buchanan and reporters Jeff Gorra, Mike Mazzarone, and Elias Fulmer.

10. Failure – “Hot Traveler” (The Heart is a Monster)

Brett Buchanan: Loyal readers Felonious Punk and J mentioned this album in the comments section when we recently did our Album of the Year poll, and it made me go back and revisit it. “Hot Traveler” is definitely the standout with its plodding grungy riff.

9. Dead Sara – “Something Good” (Pleasure To Meet You)

Brett Buchanan: Dead Sara returned with their second album earlier this year, and the standout track by far is definitely “Something Good.” The track has that classic California summertime feel, with a standout performance from lead singer Emily Armstrong.

8. Cage The Elephant – “Cold Cold Cold” (Tell Me I’m Pretty)

Mike Mazzarone: I could list ANY track from Tell Me I’m Pretty, they are all simply amazing songs. From the “Eleanor Rigby” inspired “Sweetie Little Jean”, the “Something” inspired “Trouble,” to the infamous “Mess Around”. When I first heard the album I had a sinking feeling it would be all Black Keys soundalike tracks. However, that wasn’t the case at all. “Cold, Cold, Cold” has pure 60’s flair.

I could imagine Bob Dylan belting out the “Oh no ain’t it a drag” part, and there are huge David Bowie influences as well. It’s just a fantastic album. I’m not sure if it’s their best effort, especially in comparison to Melophobia, but like Doug McCausland said in our review of Tell Me I’m Pretty – I don’t care! This is a band that everyone should get into, and hear their albums all the way though. They are one of the best acts in modern rock, and they are here to stay.

7. Foo Fighters – “The Never Ending Sigh” (Saint Cecilia EP)

Jeff Gorra: This song just rocks. It’s simple and catchy. It feels like this song in particular captures the vibe of exactly what the Foos did with this surprising EP. I just imagine sitting on the porch of that hotel with beer bottles, hearing this song being jammed.

6. The Arcs – “Stay In My Corner” (Yours, Dreamily)

Brett Buchanan: Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach released a new album this year with his new side project band The Arcs, and “Stay In My Corner” is just as great as any recent Black Keys hit. The soulful blues ballad is definitely the highlight of the album, with the lyrics telling a love story with the backdrop of boxing.

5. Chris Cornell – “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” (Higher Truth)

Jeff Gorra: It’s signature Cornell, exploratory and courageous all at the same time. It also has the flexibility to plug into multiple genres.

4. Marilyn Manson – “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge” (The Pale Emperor)

Mike Mazzarone: After a string of meh to forgettable albums it was Manson who in early 2015 decided to reinvent himself as this gritty, Mark Lanegan sounding rocker. The result? Pale Emperor and it’s hit single “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge”. I knew this album was going to make or break the recording future for Manson as he, up to that point hasn’t put anything really up to scratch since 2000’s Holy Wood. After a string of “meh” albums, it was time for a release like this and Manson defied any expectations.

3. Eagles of Death Metal – “I Love You All the Time” (Zipper Down)

Elias Fulmer: Now the most well known track from the Eagles of Death Metal’s 2015 Zipper Down, the song’s jangly glam rock stands in defiance of the face of terrorism, with ISIL assaulting the Bataclan where Eagles of Death Metal played on November 13th. It has spun a campaign for other artists to cover it, with the proceeds going to the Sweet Stuff Charity.

2. Faith No More – “Superhero” (Sol Invictus)

Brett Buchanan: While “Motherfucker” was Faith No More’s official comeback single, “Superhero” is really the fitting reintroduction to the band after a 18 year hiatus from recording. The infectious piano chords throughout the song really drive the song, and Mike Patton somehow manages to conjure of the dark spirit of the 90’s without sounding like he’s trying to, unlike some of his contemporaries.

1. Scott Weiland – “Circles” (Blaster)

Brett Buchanan: “Circles” unfortunately ended up being the bookend to legendary Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland’s 23-year studio discography. Guitarist Jeremy Brown kept it simple with with the musical arrangement, playing a memorable riff throughout the song. When it came to vocals, Scott Weiland went back to the country music he grew up listening, with one of his most memorable melodies in recent memory. Weiland’s lyrics are beautifully haunting, but with a sense of hope, like many of his greatest songs.

Top 10 Rock Albums Of 2015

Nearly 10,000 Alternative Nation readers voted, and we now have the Top 10 Rock Albums of 2015!


10. Kurt Cobain – Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings

It’s basic, low-fi, and stripped down to the bare bones. It’s raw! The Montage of Heck soundtrack companion jumps straight into Cobain’s psyche. From the opening strumming and mumbles on “The Yodel Song,” to the ever-angelic, elongated, work-in-progress take of “Do Re Mi,” the album is a trip inside of Cobain’s creative process.

It feels exactly like you’re in the room with Kurt, as he’s practicing the chords, tuning the guitar, or just goofing off with one of his voices for comedy. In conclusion, Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings (Deluxe Ed.) is exactly what any hardcore Nirvana/ Kurt Cobain fan would love, to understand the creative process – along with the film, of Kurt Cobain. (Full review)


9. Dead Sara – Pleasure To Meet You

Dead Sara returned with their second album Pleasure To Meet You earlier this year, featuring the triumphant but tragic “Suicidal,” the California rocker “Something Good,” and Grunge tinged “Mona Lisa.”


8. Puscifer – Money Shot

While Tool fans anxiously await for what is becoming their version of Chinese Democracy, Maynard James Keenan kept rolling with Puscifer’s Money Shot. The video for the title track perfectly encapsulates the appeal of the album, bring a sense of attitude and heaviness, but juxtaposing it with the absurdity of Luchadores fighting in a bar.


7. Chris Cornell – Higher Truth

Chris Cornell went back to basics with Higher Truth, stripping away the Timbaland beats and synth found on 2009’s Scream. The album was very much in the same vein as his recent Songbook shows, with an adult contemporary stripped down sound that sounds very age appropriate. “Dead Wishes,” a song that analyzes the psyche of homeless people, is one of Cornell’s better tracks he has recorded in the last several years. (Full review)


6. John Frusciante – Renoise Tracks 2009-2011

Some complained of 2015’s Trickfinger as underdeveloped and bare bones. Those tracks were made in 2007-2008 and it in the following years, 2009-2011 worked on these tracks and there is a supreme difference. With clips of audio from different media, it almost feels like a movie. It is awesome to see Frusciante progress like this and I can only imagine what his work sounds like today, the work he has been working on this year. He evolved a lot from Trickfinger to Renoise, what will the coming work sound like? Frusciante easily could become a hit in the underground electronic scene, he seems to take a lot of good element from those scenes and makes it exclusively his own. (Full review)


5. Eagles of Death Metal – Zipper Down

Zipper Down is their fourth studio album, and it has been seven years since the last. This time, original members Jesse Hughes (on the album cover referred to as Boots Electric) and Josh Homme (Baby Duck) do everything themselves without help from additional musicians, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The album hit the right spot immediately.

The first track, ”Complexity”, captures the spirit of EoDM: funky, uptempo and fun. ”Silverlake”, ”Got a Woman” and ”Got the Power” follow the same pattern, while ”I Love You All The Time” is a slower song that is, as the title suggests, full of love. ”Skin-Tight Boogie” is a groovy kind of rap, featuring Hughes’ girlfriend Tuesday Cross on backing vocals. (Full review)


4. Foo Fighters – Saint Cecilia (EP)

Foo Fighters surprised fans last month with a new EP recorded in Austin, Texas. The eponymous “Saint Cecilia” kicks off the E.P. with the “comfort food” side of the Foos familiar in tunes like “Walk” and “Learn to Fly”, with layered vocals from Dave Grohl accompanying a country/heartland melody. “Sean”, the shortest and fastest tune of the release clocking in at 02:11, captures a pop-punk vibe in the verses punctuated by a simple chorus hook consisting of a noodly riff and shouts of “Sean!”.

“Savior Breath” fuses the Foos’ Washington D.C. hardcore punk roots with Motorhead; it’s one of the group’s heaviest songs, right up there with “White Limo” off of 2011’s Wasting Light. Dave Grohl’s solo is one of the most memorable out of his recent output. “Iron Rooster” is the slow acoustic ballad here, capturing a bit of a Pink Floyd-vibe in Dave Grohl’s vocals and loose guitar solos. (Full review)


3. Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts – Blaster

Editor’s pick for best album of the year: Blaster was Scott Weiland’s first album of original material in 5 years, and he hadn’t lost a step creatively. On the album Weiland hit melodic highs, and his lyrics were as beautiful, dark, and abstract as ever. “Amethyst” is one of the album’s highlights, a throwback to Purple era Weiland, featuring Jeremy Brown’s greatest guitar solo on the album.

In the one of the album’s most powerful songs, “Parachute,” Weiland sang about seeing through the eyes of love: ‘Catch you when you’re fallin’/Even when you’re not/I’ll see you through the eyes of love/Even when you’re crawlin’/Even when you’re fallin’/I’ll be your parachute, hold you up.’ The song feels like a spiritual successor to “Dare If You Dare,” with a feeling of frenetic euphoria driving the ending.

“Circles” ended up being the bookend to Weiland’s discography with his death just a few weeks ago, and it will definitely end up going down as one of his most underrated tracks. The country tinged ballad has themes of love, desperation, but also a feeling of hope sprinkled throughout it. (Full review)


2. Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor

For this LP, the non-conventional approach at first seemed to convey a somewhat underwhelming experience, yet with time, a more detailed and expansive sound was revealed on tracks like “Warship My Wreck,” “Slave Only Dreams to be King,” and “The Devil Beneath My Feet.” The current singles are not the strongest released in his catalog, but still provides a heavy edge. In conclusion, The Pale Emperor is a significant milestone in Marilyn Manson’s musical career as he takes a step farther in a dark, melodic direction. (Full review)


1. Faith No More – Sol Invictus

Faith No More live reunions have been on and off since 2009, but the large gap of time between an official album release had lead the quirky, alternative rock community to borderline hopeless until more recently. Marked as their seventh album in the discography, Sol Invictus, clearly had a reputation to live up to.

On the album, Faith No More still have the means of creating enjoyable tracks that mediate between a mainstream sound and avant-garde. Although it is clear which songs will fall through the cracks with time, a few tracks plus the singles are deserving of high praise and allow this album to serve as a solid return to the rock world after eighteen years. (Full review)

See How Much Money Alice In Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson & Faith No More Make

Billboard Boxscore (via Metal Injunction) has reported recent gross sales for Alice In Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson, Faith No More, and Melvins concerts. You can see the numbers below!

Artist: Alice In Chains
Venue: Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater
Date: Jul. 24th, 2015
Gross Sales: $138,600
Attendance/Capacity: 2,800 / 2,800
Ticket Prices: $49.50

Artist: Alice In Chains
Venue: Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Date: Aug. 07th-08th, 2015
Gross Sales: $265,077
Attendance/Capacity: 4,506 / 4,506
Ticket Prices: $59.50, $49.50

Artist: The Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson
Venue: Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
Date: Jul. 10th, 2015
Gross Sales: $313,578
Attendance/Capacity: 4,136 / 4,136
Ticket Prices: $200, $135, $75, $59.50

Artist: Faith No More & Napalm Death
Venue: Austin, TX – Austin Music Hall
Date: Jul. 26th, 2015
Gross Sales: $165,937
Attendance/Capacity: 3,250 / 3,250
Ticket Prices: $52.50, $49.50

Artist: Melvins & Le Butcherettes
Venue: Chicago, IL – Double Door
Date: Jul. 08th, 2015
Gross Sales: $13,750
Attendance/Capacity: 550 / 550
Ticket Prices: $25

Alternative Nation attended a Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson concert last month. Read our review below!

Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson performed at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, CA last night for their second End Times tour show, and Alternative Nation was in attendance to review and photograph the concert.

Marilyn Manson went on at 8PM sharp, kicking off with “Deep Six.” Manson was very talkative during his hour long set, at one point explaining that his coat ‘cost him a blowjob.’ He also gave a shout out to his father, and then he started talking about a doctor who said he was crazy, but that crazy is good. He later talked about being a sinner, and said if he couldn’t be the devil he would join him by sin. He said he did not get beaten up by the devil, and that he also could not reach up and punch God. He then said, “If you want to say fuck Jesus, make it personal.” This led right into a cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus.” He wore an American flag on his head during the “Personal Jesus” cover. He also thanked god for doing good and bad.

He also proclaimed, “People thought I was sarcastic when I said it, but rock ain’t fucking dead” leading into “Rock is Dead.” I read through all of these notes on Manson’s on stage banter to a couple of fans and to Alternative Nation reporter Elias Fulmer, and they seemed impressed that I managed to write all of this down in my iPhone notepad. Apologies for any inaccuracies.

Manson’s voice was strong for his heavy rockers like “Disposable Teens” and his scream sounded strong as ever. His voice was hit and miss during some more melodic verses with some mumbling, but his unique (and bizarre) rock and roll swagger made up for it. “The Dope Show” was definitely the highlight of his set.

In between Manson and The Smashing Pumpkins I picked up some food and saw a rogue bunny running around the venue. There was also a cute kitty cat on my Smashing Pumpkins photo pass that I hope to get signed someday by Billy Corgan’s cat Mr. Thom. Or maybe Diamond Baby? Or Angel Face? Tough choice. I need to make the puuuuurfect pick. Our reporter Elias then gave a letter he wrote to Billy Corgan to a security guard, who claimed Billy got it. We’re fully expecting a response letter to publish on Alternative Nation.

The Pumpkins, with Jimmy Chamberlin back in the fold, went on at just after 9:30. I had previously seen The Smashing Pumpkins 4 times (September 2007 on the Zeitgeist tour, December 2008 on the 20th anniversary tour, and October 2012 on the Oceania tour), and with all due respect to Mike Byrne, the Pumpkins did not have the same sense of power the time I saw them in 2012 without Jimmy Chamberlin. While the Pumpkins’ 2008 show I saw (one of their last with Chamberlin at the time) featured some ridiculous stuff like a 20 minute Pink Floyd cover and a kazoo encore, Corgan and Chamberlin’s chemistry somehow made it work (except for the fans in the audience who just wanted to hear “The World Is A Vampire” on repeat).

The set kicked off with three hits: “Cherub Rock,” “Bullet With Butterfly Wings,” and “Tonight, Tonight.” Corgan thanked the audience and said, “As you know the more I talk, the worse it gets, so I’m just going to play music tonight.” The setlist featured many hits from the band’s career mixed in with new songs, and this was a very smart move. Corgan has challenged audiences in the past by playing 30 minute jams (“Gossamer”) and debuting a new album live front to back (Oceania), and while those were brave endeavors, it seems like the Pumpkins found the right mix setlist wise with this show to please an amphitheater/arena audience, while avoiding becoming a nostalgia act like most non-Pearl Jam Grunge bands have become. Corgan played several seminal hits while also working in the best new songs from Monuments to an Elegy. The mix really worked when “Run2Me” and “1979” were played back to back. The songs compliment each other, and surrounding newer songs with hits that are in the same sonic range really seemed to help the newer songs fit seamlessly into the set. “One and All” also had a lot of passion, with Jimmy Chamberlin really pushing Corgan. Corgan’s vocals in general were on point the entire show, even moreso than the other times I’ve seen.

Jeff Schroeder ripped during the “Ava Adore” solo. Schroeder has really grown into becoming a key part of the band, so much so that I don’t see why anybody would want James Iha to return to replace him. James was a key part of the original lineup’s chemistry, but Jeff Schroeder is the best guitar player The Smashing Pumpkins can have in 2015. His chemistry he has built with Corgan in the last 8 plus years was apparent during the acoustic “Landslide” cover, and the track was one of the highlights of the show.

The new, somewhat poppier version of “The Everlasting Gaze” was another highlight, it really breathed new life into a 15 year old song, and made it work in a way where Corgan didn’t have to try and scream constantly pretending like he was still 30. The chemistry of the band’s new lineup (Corgan, Schroeder, Chamberlin, and bassist Jack Bates) really blossomed during “Thru the Eyes of Ruby.” “United States” closed the main set, and it was further proof that Jimmy Chamberlin is still the greatest drummer in the world. It might have been the loudest song I’ve ever heard at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine.

The band then returned for the encore, and Billy Corgan introduced his bandmates. He joked that after “1979” was performed, the Laker fans left (the Los Angeles Lakers are an NBA basketball team for readers who don’t follow sports). He then clarified that he meant ‘the third quarter Laker fans,’ and not all Laker fans. Corgan then said he was going to make a Deandre Jordan joke (Jordan is a Los Angeles Clippers player), but he was deciding against it. He then joked that Jordan had signed with his hometown Chicago Bulls, in reference to Jordan recently backing out of a deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Corgan then said Marilyn Manson isn’t a sports fan, followed by praising his ‘brother.’ The Pumpkins then closed their show with a visceral performance of “Geek USA,” followed by a jovial Corgan greeting fans before he left.

Jimmy Chamberlin’s drumming is the balls of The Smashing Pumpkins, and even with the core of the band (Corgan, Chamberlin, and Schroeder) all being over 40, the Pumpkins are still capable of rocking harder than most bands half their age. I was very hesitant to see the Pumpkins without Chamberlin during his 6 and a half years away (which is why I only saw them once), and this show was further proof that Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin need to stick together for good this time. With Jeff Schroeder in tow, that trio can make The Smashing Pumpkins a live act to be reckoned with even as they near 30 years into their career.

Overall The End Times show was very enjoyable, and it felt a lot more vital than other tours featuring other 90’s bands touring together. Manson and the Pumpkins seemed to have a big cross section audience (unfortunately full of aging Gen X’ers, Billy is going to need to write his own “American Idiot” to get some ladies besides the cougars coming out) so the audience loved the show. Our reporter Elias told me after the Pumpkins’ set, “That was straight spiritual, and I don’t even like using that word.” Rock ain’t fucking dead.

Billy Corgan On Covering Miley Cyrus With Marilyn Manson: ‘We Could Make It Dark & Cool’

Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan discussed almost covering Miley Cyrus’ hit “Wrecking Ball” with Marilyn Manson during a recent VIP Q&A, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

“Actually, he might get mad at me for saying this, but we were gonna do two songs: ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ and ‘Wrecking Ball.’ (Laughs) Swear to god. It was just one of those things like, rehearsal, he’s over here, we’re over there. When it came down to it, we just didn’t find the time to do it right. I certainly didn’t want to go out there and half ass it, because I knew his set was going to be good. He felt the same way too, I knew his set was going to be tight, our set was going to be tight, and then to end on kind of a messy karaoke, it would only work if we had the time and the fortitude to dial in and get it just right. His version of ‘Sweet Dreams’ is amazing, his version of ‘Personal Jesus,’ he makes it his own, just like we make ‘Landslide’ our own or something.

If we weren’t gonna get there in the time that we had, because I wanted it to actually be cool and respectful, and not they’re just pissing on these songs. It’s like misogyny equals whatever, they’re making fun of Miley, it was actually the opposite, we were going to celebrate these songs, because we thought, in our hands, we could actually make them vicious, dark, and cool.”

Filter frontman Richard Patrick also recently discussed Miley Cyrus in a tweet responding to an Uproxx article. Patrick tweeted: “I know I married but I’m not dead.. Is Miley going to let us see those beautiful boobies?”

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Marilyn Manson Poses In Drag, Admits To Crying During The Notebook

Eccentric rock icon Marilyn Manson has had a rather busy week. During a podcast with Bret Easton Ellis, Manson talked about movies and television. He admitted that he cried during the 2004 film ‘The Notebook.’ He also had kind words for the recently released action movie, ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire.’

Manson also posed for the cover of the infamous Candy magazine that features celebrities in drag. Wearing his famous eye makeup and donning boots and a dress, this isn’t really too out of character for him.