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Tommy Lee Drums for Smashing Pumpkins, Says "It was Killer!"

Image courtesy of Courtesy Smashing Pumpkins via Facebook (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Courtesy Smashing Pumpkins via Facebook (via ABC News Radio)

File under: unusual pairings.  Tommy Lee  lent a drumming hand to  Smashing Pumpkins  in the studio recently. The  Motley Crue  drummer has just appeared in a photo on the  official Smashing Pumpkins website  with  Billy Corgan , in front of what is unmistakably a studio recording console. If there was any doubt, Corgan's caption reads, "Here's a shot from the mission out west. Just finished round 1 of tracking drums with Tommy Lee for the new the Smashing Pumpkins album. Shockla-locka-boom. Yes, that T Lee for all 9 songs of  Monument to an Elegy ."

How'd it go? A source close to Lee tells ABC News Radio exclusively, "Tommy said, 'It was killer!'"

The news that Lee -- who is known for pounding the living daylights out of his drums -- is the official drummer on the entire new Pumpkins album is a bit of a contradiction to what Corgan said just over a month ago when he described the sound as "guitars, guitars, guitars, and more guitars, but more so on the epic side of things than say, grossly metallic."

The update does make good on Billy's earlier promise to keep fans informed about how things are progressing in the studio. 

A first Smashing Pumpkins single is expected by the end of 2014.  Monument to an Elegy  will be joined simultaneously -- or possibly closely followed by -- a second album, titled  Day for Night

Smashing Pumpkins' last studio album was  Oceania , which appeared in 2012.  In the time since, Corgan has tended to his Chicago teahouse  Madame ZuZus , where he sells "gourmet tea...[at] prices that are a little higher."

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