While rumours abounded of a Smashing Pumpkins 'classic' reunion line-up earlier this month, frontman Billy Corgan has now confirmed that the Chicago rock band are working on a new album.
Corgan posted a picture of himself, James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin in the studio earlier this month although it was not clear what they were working on. Now, he has revealed that new music is in the works - and Rick Rubin is producing it. Rubin previously worked with the band on 1998's 'Adore', although the song he produced didn't make the final cut.
Corgan has worked with the likes of Chamberlin on different projects over the years, and he had worked with the drummer and guitarist James Iha as recently as 2016.
Now, it seems that the trio are regrouping for this new project - although it's unclear whether the band's most recent guitarist Jeff Schroeder or original bassist D'arcy Wretzky will be involved in any way.
The last Smashing Pumpkins album was 2014's 'Monuments to an Elegy'.
I've had a crazy life. Good crazy, but crazy nonetheless. For example. I saw this picture of myself the other day. Besides having a generally good idea of when it was taken (1993 or 1994) I don't remember actually taking the photo, nor do I remember countless others like it between the years 1991-2004. Now, perhaps that says something about my inability or desire to remember, but I'd argue it's an unfortunate result of the blur of those years. Which leads me to this time, or this moment, where like so many, I share a window (curated as it is) into my crazy life. As an example, we are currently in the studio with Rick Rubin. But unless I show you a picture of Rick sitting Buddha-like at a mixing desk, you probably wouldn't know that. Or when I, in a very naive way, post a shot with a needle in my arm and ramble on about making peace with God and time left on dear 'ol Earth, it sent some signal to friends and associates alike that I was sick or wanted other's sympathy. (As fact, it was an IV full of vitamins and homeopathy to assist in getting over this vicious flu). So yes, was sick, and no, not serious in any way nor would I share such info here because this window I'd prefer to be one where you see the sunlight streaming through. The only addendum to that is when I saw how others were reacting to their perception of my misguided and poorly worded message, I chose not to react in kind; in essence I let the shadows cast be whatever you-they-them want to believe. Because we live now in a world where perception often outweighs reality, and that's fine. So to that, here's a new pic I just took of me with my sandy-brown, curly hair flowing in the studio breeze. Lots of love, WPC #wpc