Earle, Chicago Vets 'Waltz' Again
Steve Earle, Wilco's John Stirratt, and former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin will join Nicholas Tremulis' house band for the fourth annual Waltz benefit. The event, set for March 23 at CSteve Earle, Wilco's John Stirratt, and former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin will join Nicholas Tremulis' house band for the fourth annual Waltz benefit. The event, set for March 23 at Chicago's Metro, takes its name from "The Last Waltz" concert honoring the breakup of the Band. Proceeds will benefit Heartland Alliance's Neon Street whose stated mission is to "ensure that homeless teens do not become homeless adults."
The benefit will feature a rare performance from Ronnie Spector, free jazz with Ken Nordine and David Amram, and appearances by Sonia Dada, Kelly Hogan, Alejandro Escovedo, Sonny Landreth, Ivan Neville, Graham Parker, and the Mekons' Jon Langford.
In past years, the concert has showcased memorable matchups, including former Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan performing publicly for the first time with his father, blues session man Billy Corgan Sr. during the first Waltz in 1999, and later with Marianne Faithfull. Members of Cheap Trick, Bob Mould, and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy have also appeared. The 1999 benefit was later released on home video by Palm Pictures.
In related news, Corgan's new band Zwan, which also features Chamberlin, bassist David Pajo, and guitarist Matt Sweeney, will play its first Chicago shows April 12-14 at the tiny Double Door club. The Pumpkins played a memorable show at the same venue to celebrate the release of their 1995 double album, "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness."