ROCK NEWS REPORT 23 JAN 18

posted by Aaron Zytle - 

ORIGINAL BASSIST NOT LIKELY TO JOIN SMASHING PUMPKINS REUNION

Founding Smashing Pumpkins bassist D'Arcy Wretzky told Blast Echo on Sunday (January 21st) that she would not be part of a long-rumored and apparently upcoming reunion of the original Pumpkins lineup. Speaking to the site via text, Wretzky wrote, "My apologies to all of the Smashing Pumpkins fans out there who are excited about this oncoming reunion tour of the original members of the band. I know this is a huge disappointment for me, as well, but it’s not going to happen (with me)." She added, “I only just found about yesterday that the band has decided to go with a different bass player.”

  • According to Wretzky, the band is planning to launch a summer tour in July featuring frontman Billy Corgan, original guitarist James Iha, original drummer Jimmy Chamberlain and a yet-to-be-determined bassist.
  • It's unclear whether the bassist could be ex-Hole member Melissa Auf der Maur, who replaced Wretzky in the Pumpkins for its 2000 tour. The band went on hiatus for seven years after that, although only Chamberlin has remained intermittently part of the lineup since Corgan reactivated it in 2007.
  • While Corgan has mended fences with both Iha and Wretzky in the past couple of years and spoken in positive terms about the chances of a reunion, it has yet to be officially announced by the band.
  • Corgan, Chamberlin and Iha were all recently photographed in a recording studio together, although it was not revealed if they were working on new music.

    Story source: Blast Echo

ROB ZOMBIE RUMORED TO BEGIN SHOOTING 'DEVIL'S REJECTS' SEQUEL IN MARCH

Rob Zombie is rumored to be aiming for a March production start on his next movie, a sequel to his 2005 horror hit The Devil's Rejects. Allegedly titled The Devil's Rejects 2: Three From Hell, the film is said to continue the story of the Firefly clan -- Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding, Bill Moseley as Otis and Sheri Moon Zombie as Baby -- who we saw go down in a torrent of bullets at the end of the first film.

  • It's not clear whether Zombie plans to resurrect the Firefly trio from the dead in some kind of supernatural fashion in the new film or has found a way to explain that they survived the original movie's climactic shootout.
  • The Devil's Rejects is widely considered Zombie's best film. It's a semi-sequel to his directorial debut, 2003's House Of 1,000 Corpses, which introduced the Firefly family.
  • According to Bloody Disgusting, Zombie is in negotiations with Saban Films and Lionsgate to release The Devil's Rejects 2 in theaters, VOD, and home video. Zombie distributed his last movie, the partially crowdfunded 31, through both companies.

Story source: Bloody-Disgusting

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The Devil's Rejects was Zombie's second film and was also a hit, earning $17 million at the box office on a small $7 million budget and doing tremendously well on DVD.
  • Zombie's last film, 31, came out in 2016 and was not well received by either critics or audiences. His other movies include the 2007 remake of Halloween, its 2009 sequel and 2013's The Lords Of Salem.
  • He announced two years ago that his next movie would be a film about the last days of legendary comedian Groucho Marx, but little has been heard about that project since.

MYLES KENNEDY RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR "HAUNTED BY DESIGN"

Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy has released the lyric video for the song "Haunted By Design," taken from his debut solo album, Year Of The Tiger. The disc is due out on March 9th and has been described by Kennedy as a concept record inspired by the loss of his father when he was a child. (Blabbermouth)

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