Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has announced that he recently spent time recording his next solo album, and that it looks like it will be a double album with at least 16 songs. A Smashing Pumpkins original lineup reunion has been heavily rumored for 2018, and while Corgan didn’t comment on that, he did say “the year to come looks exciting.”
“I just finished a few weeks recording in Nashville for the follow-up to Ogilala. So far (the new album) is more stark and tangled. Also looks like it will be a double (16 songs at least).”
He also posted a photo with his son Augustus Juppiter and wrote, “The year to come looks exciting. I hope you take this time, the festive time of holidays, to rest and enjoy the beautiful blessings of life.”
Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin revealed that the band is discussing possibly recording a reunion album in 2018 in a recent Rhythm Magazine interview.. The last album to feature the original lineup was 2000’s MACHINA/The Machines of God, though D’arcy Wretzky only played on part of the album due to her departure from the Pumpkins as the album was being recorded in fall 1999.
“I’m always trying to evolve. We’re talking about maybe recording next year with the Pumpkins and I want to make sure [if that happens] that I bring some really different stuff to the table. The purpose of this sabbatical needs to be revealed in the music. I’m counting on everyone bringing some new shit to the table that is representative of the chance-taking that we’ve always done.”
He also discussed rejoining the Pumpkins in summer 2015.
“[Billy Corgan] found himself in the position of just not having a drummer for the tour and he wanted to play the set that we’re going to play so he just reached out on email and said before he goes looking for someone to play those songs, which is obviously a long task, was there any way I could go out for this tour?” Chamberlin told Rhythm. “It’s very exciting to go back and celebrate that music in a great context. It is embracing the friendship, the relationship and the music and proving that the music and the relationships are much bigger than all the politics from down the years. I thought about it for about a second and then said yes.”