Alt News- Monday, March 23, 2009
Singer Billy Corgan is the only original member left in Smashing Pumpkins now.
He says drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has left the group.
He does not say why.
Corgan plans to continue recording as Smashing Pumpkins and intends to be in the studio this spring.
No word on who will handle drum duties.
Eminem is going to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — as a presenter.
Eminem will induct Run-D-M-C at the ceremony April 4th in Cleveland.
Jimmy Page will induct Jeff Beck, and Ron Wood will induct Bobby Womack.
Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers will induct Metallica, and Smokey Robinson will induct Little Anthony and The Imperials.
Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang says he is seeking funding for a 40th anniversary concert of the legendary festival to take place this summer.
Lang says he wants the festival to be free, environmentally friendly and to possibly take place in New York.
“We want to have as small a carbon imprint as we can and use as many green techniques as we can,” he told Billboard.
“There would be a lot of legacy bands [performing] – The Who, Santana, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joe Cocker maybe. And it would be people like Steve Earle and Ben Harper. There’s certainly room for the Chili Peppers and Dave Matthews…That would be the shape of the music.”
The original Woodstock took place in New York in 1969 and featured career-defining sets from Jimi Hendrix and The Who. Since then, organisers have held several anniversary festivals, with the last one in 1999.