Billy Corgan will take time out from recording the next two SMASHING PUMPKINS albums, both due in 2015, to perform a very special, exclusive hometown acoustic-based solo concert Saturday, August 30 at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the oldest outdoor music festival in America and the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1936.
The singer/songwriter/guitarist and multiple Grammy Award winners set will encompass material from the Pumpkins acclaimed, multi-platinum catalog, including a Mellon Collie Suite of songs to celebrate the 20th anniversary of writing the album. Concertgoers will also be treated to his songs with Zwan from their one-and-only 2003 album and his 2005 solo album TheFutureEmbrace plus songs from his unreleased ChicagoKid album (recorded before TheFutureEmbrace), a song cycle about his hometown. More information and tickets are available here.
I feel many of my songs are under-represented by the construct of playing in the Pumpkins, which is almost always loud, says CORGAN, whose only other acoustic-based show took place at Chicagos Metro in 2004. And I look forward to the intimacy of that kind of performance no matter how big the stage is.
How does CORGAN feel this all-acoustic format will shed new light on his songs?
First and foremost, I feel like a songwriter, and in that theres this extensive body of work that sort of exists as if it never happened, he says. Most of that is my fault, and its my hope that going forward Ill play just as much in an acoustic format as I do in an electric one. In regards to picking songs from all eras of my musical life, thats a joy: because many of the best songs have never been played; or in the case of those from the Zwan period, unplayed for over 10 years.
On the set list will be some material from the Smashing Pumpkins album Adore, due out this fall (release date TBA) in a multiple CD/DVD configuration viaVirgin/Ume. Since hes been busy preparing this reissue, does CORGAN see Adore in a new light by having gone through this deep process?
Adores base was a merging of acoustic and electronic processes, which at the time was derided for being too confusing (if you can imagine that!), explains CORGAN. So yes, over time Ive grown to appreciate the watershed that the album is, and how its probably the most pivotal moment in my artistic life.
Will CORGAN debut any new songs from the two Smashing Pumpkins albums--Monuments To An Elegy and Day For Night via Marthas Music/BMG--coming in 2015 and does he feel the new music will fit into the bands body of work?
Theres a chance Ill play one, maybe two, but the issue there is having new work judged before the album version is heard, he says. Having worked so hard to makeMonuments To An Elegy a real statement, Id have to think long and hard about that. As far as how the newest songs will fit into the canon, theyll fit in just fine. The best ones seem to last.
The upcoming new albums will follow the bands June 2012 critically acclaimed album Oceania. It entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4; earned the #1 spot on the Independent Albums Chart; and Rolling Stone hailed it as one of the best albums of the year. Following Oceanias release, the band embarked on a world tour playing the album in its entirety along with the bands classics and deep cuts.
In other news, CORGAN will be honored with the Alternative Press Vanguard Award at the Inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards, to be held at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday, July 21.