Thursday, September 25, 2008

Plea Fumpkin Ployd hapennings...

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is furthering his education while his band is on its two-year hiatus. The 45-year-old musician is taking classes as an "undergraduate visitor" at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. The Los Angeles Times reports that Flea is enrolled under his real name, Michael Balzary, and comes to campus several times a week for courses in theory, composition, and jazz trumpet.

The Smashing Pumpkins are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band's formation with a tour featuring "unique" sets in cities where they'll be playing multiple dates. Original Pumpkins Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin announced that set lists will fall into two categories -- "Black Sunshine" or "White Crosses." Songs included in the "Black Sunshine" set will not be performed on the "White Crosses" list, and vice-versa.

The Pumpkins will play special "one-off" sets in cities hosting the band for a single night. Closest the pumpkins are in our area is:

November 6 - New York, NY - United Palace Theatre ("Black Sunshine")
November 7 - New York, NY - United Palace Theatre ("White Crosses")
David Gilmour paid tribute to his recently deceased Pink Floyd bandmate Rick Wright on Tuesday night (September 23rd) when he appeared on BBC's Late Night... With Jools Holland (Which is probably one of the greatest shows on television right now... I have Cabelvision HD and I can watch the show on channel 785... I suggest you check it out!) , and performed "Remember A Day," which Wright had written and sung on Floyd's second album, 1968's A Saucerful Of Secrets.

While talking to Holland, who co-founded Squeeze, Gilmour spoke about Wright who died earlier this month of cancer. He said, "He was a very self-effacing but very talented, lovely chap. We're incredibly sad to have lost him."

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