AJ Maddah has taken The Smashing Pumpkins and Disturbed out of the running for Soundwave 2015. Both bands were hotly rumoured as potential headliners for the 2015 lineup, despite Disturbed’s current hiatus, with the Pumpkins having been previously rumoured for Big Day Out.
As Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan completes the band’s forthcoming album, Monuments to An Elegy, he’s been keeping fans up-to-date on the progress of recording via the band’s website. In a recent blog post, Corgan seemingly addressed rumours surrounding his band and Soundwave.
“We’ve actually floated out the prospect of putting out the album this year instead of early next; so yes, wheels are spinning to see if that’s possible,” he wrote. “Certainly would help those rumours of all these festivals we’re supposed to be playing come true. I hear it’s summer *there when it’s winter *here. But due to climate change, or disruption, or whatever they call it today who knows?”
Though Corgan does not specifically mention Soundwave, “it’s summer there when it’s winter here” seems to indicate that the US-based frontman is referring to festivals in the Southern Hemisphere, of which Soundwave is the only event for which The Smashing Pumpkins have been rumoured.
However, Soundwave promoter Maddah has likely nixed any hopes of a Soundwave appearance from the veteran alt-rockers, telling a Twitter follower who asked if there was “any chance of The Smashing Pumpkins for Soundwave 2015” early this morning, “No. Billy want headline tour next.”
In December, the Pumpkins were rumoured to be a replacement headliner for Big Day Out 2014 after Maddah tweeted about meeting Corgan in London. In May of this year, Maddah told a Twitter follower that he would meet with Corgan later in the month to discuss a potential Australian visit.
Meanwhile, a series of tweets by Maddah and Disturbed frontman David Draiman indicate that not only are the band not set to appear at Soundwave 2015, but the band are yet to begin discussing their return, which Draiman has assured fans will happen, though no timeline has been set.
After a fan asked Draiman if he was set for a Soundwave 2015 appearance, the frontman replied, “Not that I’m aware of.” After the fan suggested contacting Maddah to push an appearance through, the touring mogul replied despondently, “I tried. Unlikely for 2015,” with a sad-face attached.
Last week, when asked about when fans could expect the Chicago heavy metal outfit’s return, Draiman told a fan, “We haven’t spoken about it yet.” In May of last year, Draiman took to Facebook to reassure fans, writing, “When we eventually reunite, and we will, it will be an event.”
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@tom_alvos no. Billy want headline tour next.
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) July 13, 2014
@Lastbreath2626 not sure. Will ask him next week.
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) May 13, 2014
@Slinky8319 NOT THAT IM AWARE OF
— DAVID DRAIMAN (@DAVIDMDRAIMAN) July 11, 2014
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) July 11, 2014
@Turnbomb_ LOL…BECAUSE WE HAVE'NT SPOKEN ABOUT IT YET
— DAVID DRAIMAN (@DAVIDMDRAIMAN) July 12, 2014