Before they head out on their headline July tour, we caught up with Brighton punks The Ghost Of A Thousand to talk about new album New Hopes, New Demonstrations and an all Asian side-project!
What have you guys been up to since recording the new album?
TOM – Well we’ve been knocking the live set into shape and getting it ready for the British and European Union since January this year… also the record finally came out, so we’ve been in a state of shock.
The Smashing Pumpkins are to celebrate their 20th anniversary later this year with a host of smaller-sized shows in August 2008 which promise to feature “unique sets and songs”, according to the band’s website.
The only confirmed date so far is on 9 August 2008 at The Venue in Hammond, Indiana but there are a few more to be announced. If you’re a Pumpkins fan that lives outside America and don’t have any frequent flyer miles readily available, you might want to try and forget you read this.
November 2008 will see some larger shows in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles among others (to be announced) before the Gish commemorative tour in early 2009 which will coincide with the release of a potentially brilliant boxset covering the 1987-92 era.
Watch the first video The Smashing Pumpkins ever made – ‘Siva’
The band actually wants your input to the boxset. They want your Smashing Pumpkins photos from that timeframe “before anyone can even remember a thing called grunge, digital cameras, or the internet”. Quite.