Billy Corgan Sheds Light on Solo Album, New Band and "Big Stuff" from Smashing Pumpkins
Published Jul 29, 2016Billy Corgan recently revealed that he's been working on a solo record, sharing photos of himself at work in the studio — shutting down the idea of a Smashing Pumpkins acoustic album, despite the success of their recent "In Plainsong" tour. That doesn't mean they don't have something in the works, though, and Corgan has offered an update on an array of his musical projects in a new Facebook video.
The clip hears him detailing the latest projects from Impact Wrestling (of which he is a part owner), before confirming that his new solo album is complete. It was recorded over two weeks in California and will mark the official follow-up to his 2005 one-man outing TheFutureEmbrace.
From there, Corgan announced that he's started a new band with Smashing Pumpkins member Jeff Schroeder. The new project, whose name Corgan is still withholding, also features Jack Bates, and will "probably" also include Katie Cole, Sierra Swan, Linda Strawberry and others. They're set to start recording new material next week, which Corgan describes as "much different than Pumpkins music."
If that wasn't enough exciting news for fans, the musician also hinted that there's "some big stuff happening" in the world of Smashing Pumpkins. "We're making plans," he starts. "I can't give that away, but it's gonna be interesting."
Corgan has recently played onstage with founding Pumpkins James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlain, causing some to speculate that an original lineup reunion might be in the works. D'Arcy Wretzky would be the final puzzle piece to land in place, and Corgan recently spoke kindly about the bassist, telling Rolling Stone earlier this year: "I'm encouraged to hear that she is playing music once more, and writing songs."
Get caught up to speed on all things Corgan by watching the Facebook video below.