Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Smashing Pumpkins test IQ at Cracker Barrel

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2007 at 5:32 PM

The major news for all Smashing Pumpkins fans, besides the recent reunion, is the residency of shows in Asheville, N.C. The Pumpkins have scheduled seven shows at the Orange Peel to promote their new album, Zeitgeist, which has a scheduled release date of July 10.Before hitting the road to Asheville, however, the Pumpkins — with their new lineup of members Jeff Schroeder and Ginger Reyes — holed up in Atlanta to film the video for the new album's first single, "Tarantula."

On the band's website, Billy Corgan wrote to fans, "After a month of rocking in Europe, on Wednesday morning we got on a plane and flew from London straight to Atlanta to film a video for 'Tarantula.' I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that making the video was a blast, and all of the extras involved really made it a special moment that I think you're going to enjoy."

After shooting the video, the band headed to Asheville, but not before stopping at a Cracker Barrel right outside of Atlanta. In the band's blog, Corgan exclaimed his Southern chain restaurant experience as wonderful, and the whole band was pleased with the hospitality.

"The food was amazing," Corgan stated, "and we all tested our intelligence playing the wooden-triangle-with-holes-and-golf tees-game. If you don't know what I'm talking about, I'm sorry; and it's much too complicated to explain."

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