Hey, this Live Earth event was decent, but not great. Duran Duran sounded so damn good, even all these years later! And I thought Madonna looked amazing, even if she was dressed like some retro 1950s housewife; there was CLOUD again, that hot as hell dancer of hers. MAMA MIA!
I am a bit excited, but not expecting too much out of the brand new Smashing Pumpkins album. Yeah, The Pumpkins are back, but two of the 90s members are not returning, which kind of sucks. Yes, the brains behind the band Billy Corgan is back as well as Jimmy Chamberlin the drummer, but bassist D'Arcy and lead guitarist James Iha are not back. Bogus comeback I suppose, since so much of the great material put out by the band consisted of these four "original" members. I'll give the new album a chance nonetheless, but in this lost strange first decade of the 2000s, the rock music being put out today is nothing like the genius stuff that was being made in the 1990s.
And The Smashing Pumpkins were part of that genius--in particular, I cite their 1995 CD, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness as one of the greatest rock albums of all time; the greatest of the 1990s period. What a beautiful collage of music this masterwork is! Billy Corgan's creative songwriting juices were most definitely at their peak during this period alright, and almost every song on this double CD is listenable and a joy! It's got beautiful ballads, hard rock songs, and wonderful arrangements throughout. If you do not own this CD or have not downloaded it in these modern times for whatever reason, you must renounce your music lover's card now and come back when you have finally gotten your hands on the whole thing. There were some notable hits from Mellon Collie like 1979 and Tonight, Tonight, but there are many more great tunes on it worth checking out.
Like many bands, The Smashing Pumpkins had a lot of fighting and drug abuse issues, which is why they have returned without all the original crew. Why can't people just make up and get along again, especially these bands whose original members are all still alive?!
The Beatles sadly, will never get that chance to truly re-unite again...