Muse Reveals Details About Upcoming Album, 2019 World Tour

by DJ Jazzy John

Up until this past Thursday, “Dig Down” was the only glimpse of Muse’s eighth studio album we could get. Now, with the release of their new single, “Thought Contagion,” Muse has been more outspoken about their forthcoming project.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Matt Bellamy was not shy about revealing the band’s aspirations for their latest record. He stated that they actually have quite a bit more recording to do before the album is finished, and that he doesn’t expect everything to be completed until this fall.

Because of the prolonged completion, we may not see this record get released until early 2019. However, Bellamy also says that the band plans on releasing at least two more singles leading up to the album’s release date.

Although Muse has never really approached an album in this fashion (releasing several singles before the full length album), Bellamy believes that this will be Muse’s “greatest album in terms of the quality of individual songs.” The lead singer also stated that this format has been “really refreshing to just work on one song at a time and take each song to completion.”

In addition to revealing details about their new album, Muse also spoke about a 2019 headlining world tour while being interviewed at the NME Awards. Matt Bellamy claims:

“We’re going to do the biggest tour and just blow people’s minds with stuff they’ve never seen before. We’re always interested in the latest technology and what’s cutting edge, so we’re always thinking of the new thing that nobody’s ever used before in a concert. And we found something and we’re going to use that.”

On Muse’s previous Drones World Tour, the band performed on an in-the-round type of stage that featured floating “drones” that came out from the ceiling throughout the show. It will be interesting to see what they will have in store for fans in the next couple of years.

Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Tour Sans Bassist: Why?

by Ryan “The Lion” Henning

Smashing Pumpkins is going on a reunion tour. However, not everyone is included.

The tour was introduced quite a few months ago, but it wasn’t until recently that SP, according to Entertainment Weekly, announced the Shiny and Oh So Bright tour on would feature “singer/guitarist/guru Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha, and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, who are the other three original members, along with guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who has been with the band since 2007.”

The original bass player, D’Arcy Wretzky, was left in the dark. “I only just found about it yesterday that the band has decided to go with a different bass player,” the original bassist said.

New player Jack Bates is playing for Smashing Pumpkins instead. To add more to the secrecy, lead singer Billy Corgan noted, “I’ve been in communication with D’arcy for the first time in 16 or 17 years.”

If this is a reunion tour, why isn’t everybody here? Normally the reason for new members is that an old member splits off or passes away, but in an interview, Wretzky says she wanted to join in despite a shoulder injury. She was upset that Corgan locked her out.

What do you think? Does Corgan have permission to pick up a new bass player? Or should D’Arcy stand her ground as the original? After all, the tour will consist of songs from the group’s beginnings. Will Bates hold up to the legacy, or be unable to fill the spot once held by Wretzky?

Interested in the tour? Find more info on Smashing Pumpkins’s official site.