Smashing Pumpkins mainman Billy Corgan teamed up with some Chicago promoters to start Resistance Pro, their very own professional wrestling company. Corgan says:
I’ve been involved sort of behind the scenes with pro wrestling for about a decade and made a lot of friends in the business. It’s a very insular business and it’s a long story, but I essentially got involved with some brothers who had a wrestling promotion. We decided to form our own promotion and we’re going to try to bring back the glory days.
Corgan isn't the first alt-rocker to get involved with professional wrestling. Bob Mould (Husker Du) wrote for World Championship Wrestling for a while. Yes, professional wrestling is 'written'. Hope this doesn't spoil anything for you.
On the music front, Corgan said new Smashing Pumpkins album Oceania would be out in November, but there isn't any confirmed information. Also, the band's reissue campaign will start November 29 with deluxe versions of their first two albums, Gish and Siamese Dreams. They'll reissue a batch of releases each year through 2013.
Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien says the band is finalizing dates for a 2012 world tour. He added, "Last time we went out, it felt very much like In Rainbows plus the greatest hits. And it's not going to be like that this time. I guess it's going to be predominantly from this record and the last record, and then see which songs fit around that." Doesn't that sound like most tours?
Blur frontman Damon Albarn and former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher called an end to the 'Great Britpop War of 1995' with an informal beer summit.
Morrissey is still suing music magazine NME for libel, saying they portrayed him as racist. They quoted him in 2007 saying "the gates of England are flooded. The country's been thrown away... Although I don't have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears." A judge is currently determining whether the suit can move forward.
Garbage is aiming for an April 2012 release for their first new album in seven years. Butch Vig says the long hiatus "gave everybody the space to clear any excess baggage out of their head space."