Smashing Pumpkins have revealed a guest performer who will play on all nine songs of their upcoming Monument to an Elegy LP: Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. “Yes, that Tommy Lee,” the Smashing Pumpkins website said, with a picture of Lee flashing the devil horns next to Billy Corgan in front of a mixing board. “Here’s a shot from the mission out west,” the caption said with an additional “Schocka-locka-boom” for punctuation.
In late April, Corgan wrote his own missive on the site, celebrating the fact that he had finished writing the record, “unless I manage to write another corker in the next month.” He included the proposed track list in the post. Monument to an Elegy is one of two records Smashing Pumpkins will release in 2015.
Tommy Lee, meanwhile, is keeping busy in the months before the glam-metal group embarks on its farewell tour in July. All four Mötley Crüe members signed a legally binding “cessation of touring” agreement in January promising not to reunite for another tour. “We always had a vision of going out with a big fucking bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with one or two original band members,” Lee said at the time. “Our job here is done.”
As for the document itself, bassist Nikki Sixx told Rolling Stone that it’s no joke. “We’d worked on it with corporate lawyers for a long time, going through everything and make sure it was right,” he said. “But it’s done. There’s no backing out now. . . . At that point, everyone in the band will be doing their own creative stuff, but there will be moments where we’ll miss this. But we’re not there – no tears yet.”