Veteran alt-rockers The Smashing Pumpkins performed a set at Glastonbury yesterday, including the song "Tonight, Tonight" from their Grammy-nominated double album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Led by frontman Billy Corgan's unmistakable nasal-toned vocals and slow-burning guitar hooks, the band delivered their trademark blend of atmospheric angst for a large and enthusiastic crowd. Take a look at the video, via BBC.
Despite having formed twenty five years ago, the Pumpkins have stayed active, albeit with some changes in their lineup of musicians. Billy Corgan is the only remaining original member. The band released their latest album, Oceania, just last summer, and are currently touring Europe and Asia.
Corgan and current bandmates Mike Byrne (drums), Nicole Fiorentino (bass and backing vocals), and Jeff Schroeder (guitar) sought to take their sound in new directions with the album. In an interview on The Smashing Pumpkins website, Corgan stated that Oceania "is an album that is unlike any I’ve ever made. Yet at the same time I believe it upholds the same musical values I’ve always pushed for with The Pumpkins, be they progressive, emotional, epic, or restless." The album is available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes, and is also available as a vinyl LP.