May 21 [7:55 EST] -- The Smashing Pumpkins are confirmed for the Roskilde Festival in Denmark and the gigantic Glastonbury Festival north of London, England next month and more overseas festival dates are to be announced.
The band plays the Glastonbury opening night, June 27, then flies to Roskilde for a performance June 28.
The three-day Glastonbury Festival is so large the promoters don't even announce the performers prior to the event to avoid even more of a crush--the event's 90,000 tickets have been sold-out for weeks. The line-up is said to include Beck, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Prodigy, Chemical Bros., Phish, Daft Punk, Pavement, Neil Young and dozens of others.
At Roskilde the Pumpkins will be sharing the bill with Beck, The Boo Radleys, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Erasure, Isaac Hayes, Kula Shaker, Lightnings Seeds, Live, Nada Surf, Omc, The Orb, Pet Shop Boys, Primus, Prodigy, Radiohead, Reef, Republica, Silverchair, Suede and the Wu Tang Clan.
Matt Walker will again be playing for the Pumpkins. The band borrowed Walker from Filter last year following the firing of Jimmy Chamberlin.
Meanwhile, head Pumpkin Billy Corgan re-claims the unofficial 'busiest man in the biz' award (from a vanished Trent Reznor) with recent projects including production duties for Ric Ocasek and Hole, songs on the pending Batman soundtrack and a video shoot for the latter, and a guest appearance on Shudder To Think's score for the film "First Love, Last Rights."
Corgan just pulled in a new slew of songwriter awards from BMI. He's also been spotted at the NBA basketball playoffs and at least one birthday party, joining Dennis Rodman onstage at the NBA star's birthday bash Friday night in Chicago.