Wilt, Chamberlin: Tommy Lee drumming on new Smashing Pumpkins record, says Billy Corgan

It’s been about five years since founding drummer Jimmy Chamberlin left Billy Corgan’s ongoing circus currently known as Smashing Pumpkins. Now, it looks like Mike Byrne has been replaced, at least temporarily, by Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee.

Talk about Methods of Mayonaise.

When the Crue announced their retirement a while back, probably no one say Lee joining the Pumpkins. But Corgan broke the news last night via the Pumpkins’ website.

“Here’s a shot from the mission out west,” Corgan wrote. “Just finished round 1 of tracking drums with Tommy Lee for the new the Smashing Pumpkins album. Shockla-locka-boom. Yes, that T Lee for all 9 songs of Monument To An Elegy.”

According to the NME, Corgan has two new Pumpkins albums on the way in 2015. Monument To An Elegy is nearing completion and features Lee. The second is titled Day For Night.

“Thrilled to report that we now have our album in total, as top songs are arranged and set for drum tracking,” wrote Corgan last week. “So over the next 3 days I’ll be focusing on vocal arrangements, lyrics, and tweaking the overall aesthetics of the record as I hope it shall be. At least then I’ll be able to share a different narrative for a spell, and get off this merry-go-round we’ve all been on.”

Here’s a tentative tracklist for Monuments To An Elegy. Corgan has referred to it both as Monuments To An Elegy and Monument To An Elegy, so take all this with a grain of salt.

‘Being Beige (World’s On Fire)’
‘Run To Me’
‘One And All’
‘Drum And Fife’

Stay tuned…