Smashing Pumpkins have announced a North American tour, but it’s not completely set in stone. A Thursday release from promoters in St. Louis confirms that Billy Corgan and his band will tour to support their latest album Oceania, hitting up St. Louis and Chicago. Dates for US shows have yet to be revealed, but Corgan and the crew just wrapped up dates in Canada and will be down in Mexico during most of October. That leads us to assume that Smashing Pumpkins will be back in the states in November and December. We’ll get you the details as soon as possible.
Chapman (1980) next to headlines
Seventh time's a charm?
It was his seventh time trying and it was his seventh time being denied. Confessed John Lennon killer Mark David Chapman went before a board this week in New York and the three member panel said no way! They say giving him release under certain conditions would “undermine respect for the law” since he committed a “heinous, unprovoked, violent, cold and calculated crime.” Chapman can try again in two years, where he will more than likely be denied. He shot John Lennon in 1980 just outside Lennon’s apartment and was sentenced to 20 years to life after pleading guilty.
Cease and desist
Rock stars telling politicos to stop using their music—it’s becoming just as common as elections themselves and the latest rocker to go after a politician is Dee Snider telling Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s campaign to stop playing the tune “We’re Not Gonna Take It” at political rallies. A Ryan spokesperson replied to Snider saying “We’re Not Gonna Play It, Anymore!”
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