Tommy Lee Playing Drums on Smashing Pumpkins’ Next Album

By Brian Ives 

Billy Corgan announced via a post on Smashing Pumpkins‘ official website yesterday that Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee will be playing on the Pumpkins’ next album.

Corgan posted a photo of the duo in the control room of a studio, and wrote, “Here’s a shot from the mission out west. Just finished round 1 of tracking drums with Tommy Lee for the new the Smashing Pumpkins album. Shockla-locka-boom. Yes, that T Lee for all 9 songs of Monument To An Elegy.”

Monument to an Elegy is one of two albums the band is slated to release in 2015: the other will be called Day For Night, and they’re both part of Corgan’s new deal with BMG Records.

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While the idea of a one-time critically lauded artist using a never-even-critically-liked drummer seems a bit farfetched, it really isn’t: in the ’90s, when the Pumpkins and bands of their ilk were the toast of the media and radio, and the Crue were considered old hat, Lee’s talents were still in demand: he was one of the few musicians outside of Nine Inch Nails’ inner circle to appear on 1994’s The Downward Spiral (others were King Crimson’s Adrian Belew and Jane’s Addiction’s Stephen Perkins). And in 1998, he played on Rob Zombie’s solo debut, Hellbilly Deluxe, a top-10 album.

While Motley Crue is “contractually obligated” to retire after their current farewell tour, it seems like Lee is once again in demand: according to a recent Facebook post, he says that he played on Courtney Love‘s new single, “You Know My Name”; he also played on the Bloody Beetroots’ 2013 album Hide.  


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