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The Legacy and Possible Rebirth of the Smashing Pumpkins: Part 2 The Songs

For me, the Smashing Pumpkins are one of those bands, like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, that even at their worst I found interesting and compelling enough to listen to. I'm a big fan of their first three albums of course, but can also appreciate the their new directions on Adore and even MACHINA I and II. Since the announcement that they would be "reforming" for a new album and subsequent new tour I have been preparing myself for new Pumpkins music and have stated multiple times that I was looking forward to hearing new material from one of my all time favorite bands.

The Legacy and Possible Rebirth of the Smashing Pumpkins: Part 1 The Live Shows

For me, the Smashing Pumpkins are one of those bands, like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, that even at their worst I found interesting and compelling enough to listen to. I'm a big fan of their first three albums of course, but can also appreciate the their new directions on Adore and even MACHINA I and II. Since the announcement that they would be "reforming" for a new album and subsequent new tour I have been preparing myself for new Pumpkins music and have stated multiple times that I was looking forward to hearing new material from one of my all time favorite bands.

Velvet Revolver, the Curse of the Super Group and Slow Sales

There I was sitting at my desk working, with my headphones on as always, this time blasting the latest release from Velvet Revolver Libertad. I checked out some of the sales numbers from this album and noticed that they were barely a half of what their debut album sold in it's initial week. Normally I don't care what album sales indicate because there are some groups that I consider to be complete over marketed mainstream junk.... I mean... not my kind of music... that have sold millions of copies in their first week.

A Classic Performance from Queen: Live Aid 1985

I've been wanting to write at least a little something about Queen for the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll really since I first started the site, but through my own editing process I felt a tribute article was best left until I had completely collected exactly what I wanted to say. Still, I thought something that might give a glimpse of why this band was/is so huge would be nice and seeing I cannot offer every track off of every album up to be listened to as proof, the best way seemed to be to include a clip from their now infamous performance at Live Aid in 1985.

Complete Streaming of the New Queens of the Stone Age Album

Well, yesterday I got a glimpse at another interesting way to market new music on the Internet, and it was a pretty sweet glimpse at that as it involved the complete streaming of the new Queens of the Stone Age album Era Vulgaris.

Have bands chosen to stream entire albums before?

VH1 Rock Honors 2007 Features Some Unique Performances

After catching last years VH1 Rock Honors show completely by accident, and being pretty thrilled by the live performances, I made a point to remember when the show would be premiering this year, which was May 24th 2007.

First Single from the Smashing Pumpkins In Years

When a band decides to reunite (at least in name) after a significant amount of time, there is always some skepticism that the band will simply be rehashing old material, will not be able to recapture what they originally had, or even that the reunion will not even take place due to the whatever strife originally split the band in the first place.

Loose, Rough, Raw or Self Indulgent and Excessive: The Style of Led Zeppelin Live and the Connection to Punk Rock

Some people are just born in the wrong eras I guess. I think I'm one of these people, as I was born a few years after Led Zeppelin disbanded and was still far to young to go to the reunion tour so never got to see Led Zeppelin in their element: live on stage. The release of modern CD sets and DVDs has given those of us who were not lucky enough to see the band in concert a glimpse at what made this band huge.

A Second Look at Jethro Tull

As someone who's obsessed with just about everything rock and roll related, occasionally I find some time to scour the Internet for interesting artists. I find lots of new music and compile something of a mental list of bands, both new and old, to eventually look into further because either a song, an interview, a review, a video or something has intrigued me a little. So far the list is pretty long and growing enough by the day to make me wonder when I'm going to get the time to check out all this "new to me" music.

New Track from the Queens of the Stone Age Released Online

There are some good albums on the way this summer it appears. I'm already anticipating the new releases from the White Stripes, and of course the Smashing Pumpkins. As I've known for a while, there is also a new Queens of the Stone Age (one of the other more recent bands I like a lot) album on the way, and yesterday I just happened to listen to a new track recorded during the sessions, but will apparently not be on the album.

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