Billy Corgan Is Traveling Across The Country To Talk To Us Little People
Smashing Pumpkins main man Billy Corgan is going on a tour of a different kind: Traveling around the country for the next month as part of a documentary project called 30 Days. The project will involve, in Corgan's words, "new musical pieces, interviews with people, and we’re gonna try to document this journey and try to come up with some sort of collective vision." He added that he'll have "no destination, just going to wander around and talk to a lot of people."
Corgan also announced three other projects that he will assemble within the main one. The first is “50 By 50,” which will celebrate his upcoming 50th birthday with a collection of 50 of Corgan’s favorite songs that he's written -- with feedback from fans -- all culminating in a recorded compilation at the end of the year.
See Corgan discuss his 30 Days project here:
- The second mini-project will be an album of cover songs, and the third is a new collection of original material.
- It is not clear whether the last item will be a Smashing Pumpkins album or is related to new music that Corgan was reportedly working on with producer Rick Rubin.
- Corgan confirmed last summer that he had repaired his long-estranged friendships with original Pumpkins bassist D'Arcy Wretzky and guitarist James Iha, and hinted that the original band could possibly get together for a reunion tour -- which reports said he had already begun shopping around.
- A month later, Corgan said on Facebook that he was "getting a hankering to starting writing rock and roll music again" and that a new record might involve "some other people who used to be in the band."