Spirits in the Sky
Spirits in the Sky poster.
|Genres||Alternative rock, psychedelic rock|
|Associated acts||The Smashing Pumpkins, Jane's Addiction, The Electric Prunes, Strawberry Alarm Clock|
Spirits in the Sky is a casual supergroup led by Billy Corgan, frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins. The band convened, initially, in July 2009 to perform at a memorial concert for the late Sky Saxon of The Seeds. The band played three songs - a cover of "Spirit in the Sky" by The Seeds, and a new Smashing Pumpkins song called "Freak". The lineup at that show was Corgan (guitar), Kerry Brown (drums/percussion), Mike Byrne (drums), Kevin Dippold (guitar/vocals), Mark Tulin (bass), and Mark Weitz (keyboards).
In August 2009, the band went on tour, this time adding violinist Ysanne Spevack, singer Linda Strawberry, and Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. Dippold switched to primarily playing flute. The band played six shows in California, playing songs Corgan had written for the new Smashing Pumpkins album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, as well as covers of songs by The Seeds, Pink Floyd, The Velvet Underground, Jethro Tull, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and others.
In September 2009, work commenced on Teargarden by Kaleidyscope in Chicago, with Corgan joined by Brown, Byrne, Dippold, Spevack, Tulin, and perhaps others. Three of the four songs on the first EP of Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, "Widow Wake My Mind," "A Stitch in Time," and "Astral Planes" were debuted at Spirits in the Sky shows.
In October 2009, a one-off benefit show by a band called Backwards Clock Society, composed of Corgan, Brown, and Tulin, was announced. The performance took place at The Echoplex in Los Angeles on November 8, 2009.
Corgan has said there are demos of Spirits in the Sky songs, but not with the core lineup of musicians, and that rehearsal demos with the full band may exist.
Lineup[edit | edit source]
- Kerry Brown – percussion, drums
- Mike Byrne – drums
- Billy Corgan – vocals, guitar
- Kevin Dippold – vocals, flute, guitar
- Dave Navarro – guitar
- Ysanne Spevack – violin
- Linda Strawberry – vocals
- Mark Tulin – bass
- Mark Weitz – keyboards
Shows[edit | edit source]
|2009-07-24||Echoplex||Los Angeles, CA, US|
|2009-08-24||Kerry Brown's House||Los Angeles, CA, US|
|2009-08-26||Cellar Door||Visalia, CA, US|
|2009-08-27||Muddy Waters||Santa Barbara, CA, US|
|2009-08-28||Open||Long Beach, CA, US|
|2009-08-29||Pappy & Harriet's Place (Outdoor Stage)||Pioneertown, CA, US|
|2009-08-30||Che Cafe||San Diego, CA, US|
|2009-08-31||The Hotel Cafe||Los Angeles, CA, US|
Songs performed[edit | edit source]
|Emerald Green is the Colour||8||(original)|
|Can't Seem to Make You Mine||8||The Seeds|
|Widow Wake My Mind||8||(original)|
|A Stitch in Time||8||(original)|
|Lucifer Sam||7||Pink Floyd|
|A Song for a Son||6||(original)|
|Morning Dew||6||Bonnie Dobson|
|The Time Has Come||5||Anne Briggs|
|Femme Fatale||5||The Velvet Underground|
|Long Haired Lady||3||Quicksilver Messenger Service|
|A New Day Yesterday||3||Jethro Tull|
|Spirit in the Sky||1||Norman Greenbaum|
|900 Million People Daily (All Makin' Love)||1||The Seeds|
|Wind-Up Toys||1||The Electric Prunes|
|Pushin' Too Hard||1||The Seeds|
|Willingly||1||Willie Nelson / Shirley Collie|
|Femme Fatale||1||Velvet Underground|
References[edit | edit source]
- Kreps, Daniel; Kreps, Daniel (2009-08-11). "Billy Corgan Announces More Concerts With Spirits In the Sky". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2021-09-09.
- "BACKWARDS CLOCK SOCIETY TO HEADLINE BENEFIT SHOW AT THE ECHOPLEX IN LOS ANGELES FOR LAURA MASURA". Press Release. 2009-10-20.
- Singh, Amrit. "Backwards Clock Society @ The Echoplex, Los Angeles 11/8/09". Stereogum. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
- October 2, 2020 Instagram Q&A