Former members of the Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Whiskeytown and the Lemonheads
have formed a new rock supergroup of sorts called the Virgins.
Ex-Lemonheads singer Evan Dando, ex-Whiskeytown singer Ryan Adams,
ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and ex-Hole bassist Melissa Auf Der
Maur are scheduled to record an album together this winter, according to a
spokesperson for Iha at his label, Scratchie Records.
The Virgins, the brainchild of Adams and Auf Der Maur, will record at
Stratosphere Sound, the new Manhattan recording studio owned by Iha, Fountains of Wayne/Ivy guitarist Adam Schlesinger and Ivy's Andy Chase. The album will be released on Lost Highway Records, home of Adams, Lucinda Williams and other alt-country acts.
Iha is also lined up to record his second solo album in the spring, the
Adams released his second solo album earlier this year (see "Ryan Adams
Reflects On Pneumonia, Gold"), while Dando has been touring solo and made headlines in May when Auf Der Maur's former bandmate Courtney Love took the stage at one of his gigs (see "Courtney Love Sings, Strums, Flashes During Surprise Performance").
The spokesperson for Iha said it was too early to say if the Virgins will
tour behind their album.