Wednesday, December 19, 2007

"Smashing Pumpkins to release 'American Gothic' Acoustic EP"


Smashing Pumpkins have completed work on "American Gothic", a four-song acoustic EP to be released digitally via the iTunes Store on January 2. Featuring the songs "The Rose March", "Pox", "Again, Again, Again (The Crux)" and "Sunkissed", the EP will be available for individual purchase on iTunes or as part of a deluxe iTunes version of the band's critically hailed 2007 album "Zeitgeist". In the U.S., iTunes is the exclusive retailer; elsewhere in the world, "American Gothic" will be available as a physical product at retail. Fans will also be able to download the EP artwork for free via on January 2.

"American Gothic" was produced by Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin, with one song co-produced by Roy Thomas Baker. The songs were recorded at the Pass Studio in Los Angeles, CA while the PUMPKINS were on a break between their 2007 national tour and upcoming 2008 European tour.

"We have always regretted not recording more in between tours because albums have never caught the full story of the's sort of 'Zeitgeist+'," says Billy of "American Gothic", the title of which is "continued comment on the state of our country."

"I had written a bunch of material during the residencies in Asheville and San Francisco [earlier this year]," continues Billy, "and fans kept asking us if we were gonna put any of that stuff out. iTunes came to us wanting to do something together, so it just felt right."

"I have performed 'The Rose March' occasionally solo on tour, and the response from the audience always seemed to indicate the song had the 'X' quality." The song had an early unveiling in November 2006 when Billy performed it at the Hotel CafĂ© in Los Angeles as part of a series of shows assembled by Pete Townshend's girlfriend and songwriter partner Rachel Fuller. "Afterwards, Pete came up to me and asked me if we were putting that song on 'Zeitgeist'. I told him we weren't, and he told me I was crazy. That stuck with me — Pete certainly knows more than I."

The Pumpkins' upcoming 2008 shows will mark the band's third round of overseas dates in connection with the "Zeitgeist" album (Martha's Music/Reprise), which entered the album charts in July in the Top Five in the U.S. (#2), Canada (#1), New Zealand (#1), the U.K. (#4), Italy (#5) and Switzerland (#5), with more Top Ten debuts in Germany (#7), Holland (#7) and Australia (#8).

Look for the Smashing Pumpkins on tour in 2008:

Jan. 27 - Belgrade, Serbia Arena
Jan. 29 - Budapest, Hungary Arena
Jan. 30 - Prague, Czech Republic T-Mobile Arena
Jan. 31 - Vienna, Austria Stadthalle
Feb. 02 - Milan, Italy Forum
Feb. 03 - Bologna, Italy PalaMalaguti
Feb. 05 - Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadion
Feb. 06 - Paris, France Bercy
Feb. 09 - Dublin, Ireland Royal Dublin Society (RDS)
Feb. 10 - Belfast, N. Ireland Kings Hall
Feb. 12 - Glasgow, Scotland SECC Hall
Feb. 14 - Nottingham, England Nottingham Arena
Feb. 15 - Manchester, England MEN Arena
Feb. 16 - London, England O2 Arena
Feb. 18 - Den Bosch, Netherlands Brabenthalle
Feb. 19 - Brussels, Belgium Forest National
Feb. 21 - Munich, Germany Olympiahalle
Feb. 22 - Frankfurt, Germany Jahrhunderthalle
Feb. 23 - Berlin, Germany Arena
Feb. 24 - Oberhausen, Germany Koenig-Pilsener Arena
Feb. 26 - Hamburg, Germany Colorline Arena
Feb. 27 - Copenhagen, Denmark Valbyhallen
Feb. 29 - Oslo, Norway Spektrum
Mar. 01 - Stockholm , Sweden Hovet
Mar. 03 - Helsinki, Finland Ice Hall

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