Actor Christopher Lee recording heavy metal Christmas songs.

Actor Christopher Lee is a 92-year old headbanger and has been recording heavy metal Christmas songs for a few years now apparently. Who would’ve guessed?  I hope I’m still rocking when I’m in my 90s.



Billy Corgan compares himself with Kurt Cobain; everyone else a distant third.

Billy compares himself to Kurt Cobain, which is not inappropriate given how successful and prolific The Smashing Pumpkins were in the 90s. Of course, being Billy Corgan, he can’t stop there, calling everyone else “a distant third”. Kind of a slap in the face to Trent Reznor, Eddie Vedder, and Thom Yorke I think, but that’s Corgan for you.

“Now, he and I didn’t necessarily get along. But I like to sing his praises, because he really was that talented. I like to think the world with him would have been a better place, and I like to think a lot of the crap music that followed wouldn’t have existed if he had been around to criticise it. Because he had the moral standing to slay generations with a strike of the pen.” Although they didn’t get on, did Corgan, then, look up to Cobain?

“No. In the purest sense of the word, we were competitors. He and I were the top two scribes, and everybody else was a distant third.”

CNN’s Anderson Cooper takes a dig at Billy Corgan on his show. Corgan responds.

Is it just me or is Billy Corgan getting cranky as he gets older? Doesn’t he know that no one watches CNN anymore?

On a more positive note, I heard Tommy Lee is playing drums on the next Pumpkins album.

“So perhaps Billy Corgan is, I don’t know, off his alternative rocker, but I think maybe there’s more to this. Maybe he’s being ironic, or maybe when the cool rock stars start doing less rock starry things, it kind of makes us face our own mortality. See, I want R.E.M. to stay just the way I know and love them, I don’t want ‘Everybody Hurts’ to suddenly be used in an Excedrin commercial. I don’t ever want to see a product called Eddie Vedder’s Prune Jam. I want to see neither Stephen Malkmus nor Thom Yorke on the cover of AARP Magazine.”