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Smashing Pumpkins threaten to prosecute demo leaker: “It’s only a matter of time”

Two ‘Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness’-era Smashing Pumpkins demos leaked earlier this week.

One track was a clip of ‘The Tracer’, from the ’Zero’ EP’s “Pastichio Medley”, and the other an alternate version of James Iha solo song with Billy Corgan on lead vocals, ‘One And Two’.

Corgan has responded in a now-deleted post from the Smashing Pumpkins’ official Facebook account, claiming when the band find the culprit they will “prosecute to the fullest extent of the law”.

You can read the excerpt below:

“A NOTE REGARDING LEAKS FROM THE PUMPKINS ARCHIVES: Recently, some “fresh” tracks, albeit outtakes and work product from 20+ years ago, surfaced on the internet. And though such releases are celebrated by fans and media alike, they are the product of theft and should not be applauded as such.

“Remember, whoever the culprit is, they do not reveal themselves for fear of prosecution. This, ladies and gentlemen, is not some Robin Hood helping out the impoverished. And when they are found out, we, the Smashing Pumpkins (and yes, the original 4 are unified on such issues) will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law as well as bring a civil suit; for undoubtedly this person is a former employee.

“And in that, we will reward whoever helps bring this matter to its just result. But that does not mean we don’t have our suspicions and leads. It’s only a matter of time.”

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