The reunited Smashing Pumpkins will play their first show in six-and-a-half years May 22 at the Grand Rex Theatre in Paris. European festival appearances will follow through mid-June; the group's firs

The reunited Smashing Pumpkins will play their first show in six-and-a-half years May 22 at the Grand Rex Theatre in Paris. European festival appearances will follow through mid-June; the group's first U.S. show will be Aug. 5 in Baltimore as part of the V Festival.

According to a spokesperson, the Billy Corgan-led group will be performing material from its upcoming album, "Zeitgeist," which was originally announced as a July 7 release but has yet to be officially confirmed for that date.

It is also unknown what other musicians are joining Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin in the Pumpkins' live band.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







U.K. rock combo Art Brut will release its sophomore album, "It's a Bit Complicated," June 26 via Downtown Recordings. Tracks earmarked for the effort include first single "Nag Nag Nag Nag," "Pump Up the Volume" (during which frontman Eddie Argos halts a makeout session to "turn up a pop song") "Post Soothing Out," "Direct Hit" and "Late Sunday."

Art Brut will play five April dates in North America before returning to its homeland for a tour with kindred spirits Maximo Park that runs through May 11 in London.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Barbara Mandrell, Jason Aldean, Josh Turner, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, former professional wrestler "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Taylor Swift have been added to the list of presenters for CMT's 2007 Music Awards, which will be held April 16 in Nashville.

Performers on the show include Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban (performing from Australia), Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Toby Keith and Bon Jovi.

In an interesting twist, and in addition to casting their vote to determine the night's winners at CMT.com, fans can choose their "Flatt Out Fan Favorite," the song that Rascal Flatts will perform to open the broadcast. The show will air live from Nashville's Curb Event Center at Belmont University.


-- Ken Tucker, Nashville