SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan — now going by his full name: William Patrick Corgan — will release his second solo album, "Ogilala", on October 13 via BMG. The disc, produced by Rick Rubin and recorded at Shangri La studios in Malibu, presents Corgan's distinctive vocals and melodies across a sparse, but rich palette of acoustic guitar, piano, and strings.
"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. 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," said Corgan. "Having written the songs for voice and guitar, I put myself in Rick's hands to take the music wherever he'd like. 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."
Corgan also released the album's striking first track, "Aeronaut", which is available in all DSPs. Fans who pre-order "Ogilala" will receive an immediate download of "Aeronaut". "Ogilala" will be available digitally as well as physically on CD and 180-gram gatefold vinyl. A limited-edition opaque blue vinyl will be available directly from Corgan's webstore and a limited edition pink vinyl will be available at select indie retailers.
"Ogilala" track listing:
03. The Spaniards
05. The Long Goodbye
06. Half-Life Of An Autodidact
This fall, Corgan will embark on a solo acoustic North American tour that kicks off on October 14 in Brooklyn, New York and wraps up on November 11 in Los Angeles, California with a three-night stint at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. These intimate performances will see Corgan perform songs from "Ogilala", as well as a second set which will span works from his earliest days through his years as the frontman of THE SMASHING PUMPKINS and beyond. Tickets for the tour are on sale this Friday, August 25 at 10:00 a.m. local time.
William Patrick Corgan North American tour dates:
Oct. 14 - Brooklyn, NY. Murmrr Theatre
Oct. 15 - Brooklyn, NY. Murmrr Theatre
Oct. 18 - Wilmington, DE. Grand Opera House
Oct. 20 - Toronto, ON. Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Oct. 24 - Chicago, IL. Athenaeum Theatre
Oct. 25 - Chicago, IL. Athenaeum Theatre
Oct. 27 - Nashville, TN. CMA Theater
Oct. 29 - Boulder, CO. Boulder Theater
Nov. 01 - San Francisco, CA. Herbst Theatre
Nov. 02 - San Francisco, CA. Herbst Theatre
Nov. 09 - Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Nov. 10 - Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Nov. 11 - Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
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