It’ll be a Smashing autumn

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AS they prepare to reissue some of their most important albums with extra goodies The Smashing Pumpkins have announced a winter début at Sheffield’s O2 Academy.

Iconic singer/guitarist Billy Corgan leads his band on a seven night tour coinciding with deluxe, remastered versions of their 1991-2000 output.

The Chicago band are also planning to add to their 30 million album career sales with Oceania, their first full album since 2007’s Zeitgeist. It is described as “an album within an album,” part of their in-progress 44-song work Teargarden By Kaleidyscope. Featuring 13 new songs, Oceania will be released in early 2012.

Formed in Chicago in 1988, the Pumpkins released influential debut Gish in 1991, following with Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness, Siamese Dream and Adore. Zeitgeist appeared in 2007.

Corgan said the band’s new music “harkens back to the original psychedelic roots of The Smashing Pumpkins; atmospheric, melodic, heavy, and pretty.” They find Sheffield on November 18.

Nat hails fan-tastic response

FAN power from well beyond their Sheffield homeland will ensure the next Nat Johnson & The Figureheads album gets made.

After just three weeks the band have reached their target via enabling them to make a record for release through local label Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation in February.

Fans “from across the world” have been bidding for exclusives such as the original cover artwork painted by Nat and a drum lesson from Neil, while each pledger will get the album as a digital download before its general release as well as regular updates in the form of video performances of new songss.

“Now the project has hit its funding target the band will donate 10% of any further money raised to Sheffield Children’s Hospital,” says Nat who will launch the record at the Memorial Hall on February 15. Hear album track Straw & Hay at

Two chances to Foster an opinion

AS his own stock rises Marcus Foster will get the chance to test out The Leadmill for size next month before he returns to headline the same venue.

He has just been announced as the main support for The Pierces tour and has rescheduled his headline shows which means he is on Leadmill Road on November 7 as well as the first date of Allison and Catherine’s tour on October 7.

Foster’s album, Nameless Path, is out in between times and he’s just released a video, featuring Twilight star Kristen Stewart, which you can view at