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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 April 2008, 09:13 GMT 10:13 UK
Pumpkins receive Hollywood honour
by Kev Geoghegan
Radio 1 music reporter

Smashing Pumpkins
Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan at the ceremony

The reunited Smashing Pumpkins have been inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk, the music equivalent of the Walk of Fame.

Founding members, singer Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin were honoured at a ceremony at Guitar Center in Hollywood.

The RockWalk is a pavement gallery "honouring those artists who have made a significant impact and lasting contribution to the growth and evolution of rock 'n' roll, blues and R&B".

Corgan said: "I'm so used to bad vibes, people hating our band and throwing things at us. So it's strange to be honoured.

"I had to think about it. I had to really sort of lay in bed, 'Is this a good thing? Is this a silly thing?'

"I'm really honoured."

The pair left their handprints in cement alongside other musicians such as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, James Brown and The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson.

Chamberlin said: "I'm a bit speechless. It's a real honour to be here among people that I don't lightly call contemporaries, some of the greatest names in music.

"Thank you for your support throughout the years."

Smashing Pumpkins released an album, Zeitgeist, last year but recently suggested they did not plan on recording any more LPs.

On the band's official website, Chamberlin said: "Although we may not use the album or full-length CD as a format anymore, we will write and record until we are dead."

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