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The Smashing Pumpkins have unveiled the artwork

Category: General music news Posted: May 17, 2007
The Smashing Pumpkins have unveiled the artwork for the cover of their comeback album, this summer's "Zeitgeist."
The cover is viewable at the band's website.

The band tapped acclaimed graphic designer/illustrator Shepard Fairey to create the piece.

"Like a great artist can do, Shepard had summed up very simply a lot of complex themes," Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan (music) said in a statement. "... I think global warming is an issue that is currently relevant, time sensitive, and a symptom of the shortsightedness of the US. As a broader metaphor, the drowning Statue of Liberty, a revered icon of the US, symbolizes the eminent demise of many of the ideals upon which the nation was founded. Civil liberties, freedom of speech, privacy, etc. have been decreasing since 9/11. The sun in the image could either be setting or rising and this ambiguity shows that there is still hope to turn things around."

"Zeitgeist" hits stores July 10.

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