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Tommy Lee Drumming On New Smashing Pumpkins Album

GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins performs on the Other Stage during day 4 of the 2013 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 29, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. BARRIE, ON - JULY 2: Tommy Lee of Motley Crue performs during the 'Live 8' concert on July 2, 2005 in Barrie, Canada. The free concert is one of ten simultaneous international gigs including Philadelphia, Berlin, Paris, London, Barrie, Tokyo, Cornwall, Moscow and Johannesburg. The concerts precede the G8 summit (July 6-8) to raising awareness for MAKEpovertyHISTORY.

On the surface, a collaboration between Billy Corgan and Tommy Lee doesn’t exactly make sense, but according to Corgan, the two musicians both like to experiment with different musical technologies, which has led to Lee being featured on all nine tracks of the Smashing Pumpkins’ upcoming album Monument to an Elegy.

In a post to The Official Smashing Pumpkins Nexus, Corgan explains that he and Lee first met in the early nineties when Lee attended a Smashing Pumpkins show, and the two have crossed paths many times over the past couple of decades. While recording, Corgan said to guitarist Jeff Schroeder that a song really needed someone like Lee on the drum track, to which Schroeder suggested to Corgan to just call the Motley Crue drummer. 

Who knew collaboration could be THAT simple?!  Also, it must be nice to have enough pull to just get Tommy Lee to drum on your album.

If fans are wondering if recording will get in the way of the big farewell tour Motley Crue has planned for this year, don’t worry.  Corgan says all of Lee’s drumming will wrap recording in a few weeks.