The Smashing Pumpkins release MACHINA/The Machines of God
MACHINA/The Machines of God is The Smashing Pumpkins' fifth studio album, released on February 29, 2000.
A concept album, it marked the return of drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and was intended to be the band's final official LP release prior to their first breakup in 2000. A sequel album—MACHINA II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music—was later released independently via the Internet.
As with Adore, MACHINA represented a drastic image and sound change for the band. Nonetheless, MACHINA, like its predecessor, failed to reconnect The Smashing Pumpkins with chart-topping success. However, the band's tours in support of MACHINA, entitled Resume the Pose and The Sacred + Profane, were far more successful than the Adore tour, as fans responded to the return of Chamberlin and setlists that included far more of the Pumpkins' back catalog.