Billy Corgan Announces New Solo Album ‘Ogilala,’ Shares First Single ‘Aeronaut’
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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan will return to solo work for the first time in 12 years. He’s sharing an advance single from Ogilala, which will be released under his full name. Listen to William Patrick Corgan’s “Aeronaut” above; the complete track listing for Ogilala is below.
The project is set to feature Corgan in a stripped-down format. “For as long as I can remember the delineation point between songs I wrote for myself and songs I’d pen for whatever band was something I couldn’t explain,” he said in pre-release materials. “And it remains so, for they all feel quite personal to me, no matter their time or era. The lone difference on songs for Ogilala is that they seemed to want little in the way of adornment.”
Corgan worked with producer Rick Rubin on this project, which is due on Oct. 13 via BMG. The next day, Corgan begins a string of North American shows; check out the complete list of announced tour dates below.
“Having written the songs for voice and guitar, I put myself in Rick’s hands to take the music wherever he’d like,” Corgan added. “Normally I would have done more, and tinkered more on production, but rather Rick put the onus on me to deliver at a molecular level via live takes. The rest was simply a reaction.”
It’s unclear how this new solo activity impacts future reunion plans for the Smashing Pumpkins, which Corgan has said could happen early next year. Corgan’s most recent solo album was 2005’s TheFutureEmbrace.
Track Listing for William Patrick Corgan’s ‘Ogilala’
4. “Half-Life of an Autodidact”
5. “The Long Goodbye”
7. “The Spaniards”
William Patrick Corgan 2017 Tour Dates
10/14-15: Brooklyn, NY – Murmrr Theatre
10/18: Wilmington, DE – Grand Opera House
10/20: Toronto, Ontario – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/24-25: Chicago, IL – Athenaeum Theatre
10/27: Nashville, TN – CMA Theater
10/29: Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
11/1-2: San Francisco, CA – Herbst Theatre
11/9-11: Los Angeles, CA – The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
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