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    Q&A: Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins

    Seven years after their implosion under the weight of ego clashes, drug abuse, and a lack of musical focus, the Smashing Pumpkins reformed with just two original members -- guitarist-vocalist Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlain -- and were lambasted for cashing in on their legacy with the release of 2007's actually-pretty-good Zeitgeist. Ironically, it's only now that Chamberlain has exited the band (again), leaving 43-year-old Corgan as the original lineup's sole survivor, that the Pumpkins are finding new recognition in the alternative landscape they helped shape. After parting ways with their major label, Corgan's band -- guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Nicole Fiorentino, and 20-year-old drum whiz Mike Byrne -- have begun releasing their new 44-song album Teargarden By Kaleidyscope for free, one song at a time, on their website.

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