Corgan also hints at a potential Smashing Pumpkins reunion, archival releases, and gives details about his new job as president of Impact Wrestling.
The Smashing Pumpkins founder Billy Corgan has been busy. In a Facebook video posted earlier this week, he confirmed to fans he’d finished “the basic recordings” of a new solo album for which he’d enrolled help from Rick Rubin. He had first let fans know of the album via Facebook earlier this summer.
“I haven’t talked about who I made the solo record with,” Corgan said. “I actually made the solo record with Rick Rubin, my longtime friend, and one of the greatest producers in the history of rock & roll.” There are 12 to 13 songs done and Corgan plans to head back to the west coast soon to finish them but there is no confirmed release date yet.
Corgan also announced he had been writing songs for Sierra Swan’s album, who he has worked with before. He then said he would definitely tour next year under the Smashing Pumpkins name and added further fuel to the fire of a potential reunion of the band’s original line up. “Who will be on stage? We will see.”
In addition to a potential tour, Corgan mentioned he’d been wanting to start writing rock & roll again and that he was “obsessing on riffs in my head” before saying he might have to get Jimmy Chamberlin on the phone. “I would say if I was going to make an album of Smashing Pumpkins music again, it would probably be somewhere between Gish and Siamese Dream type styles,” he added.
Finally, Corgan stated plans for new Smashing Pumpkins archival material, “stuff from the band’s early history, sort of 88-92 era, live recordings that we have in the archives,” to be released on vinyl and digital. “There are some songs on there that haven’t been released, I don’t even know if they’ve ever been bootlegged.”
The rest of the video was dedicated to musings on Corgan’s new job, and it is a real job he assured us, as president of Impact Wrestling, which was announced earlier this summer. The job follows his joining TNA Wrestling last year as senior producer of creative and talent development. [Via Pitchfork]