Darren of 98.7 FM conducted an interview with Billy Corgae of SMASHING PUMPKINS at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, California during this weekend's Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF). You can now watch the chat below.
According to The Pulse of Radio, SMASHING PUMPKINS will likely take four years — not two, as originally expected — to release the 44 songs off its ongoing project, "Teargarden by Kaleidyscope". The group has unveiled a few tracks here and there online, one song at a time.
When asked what the recording progress has been like, Corgan told Spin.com, "Things are taking off right now so much that we're getting a lot of demand to go on tour, so I've got to figure out when I'm going to record. Right now I only have three more songs done and waiting to be released, and I have probably 60 songs written."
Corgan made headlines recently after he fainted briefly while performing on stage in Tampa, Florida. Apparently this isn't the first time it's happened. Corgan admits, "I'm fine. Just a bit bruised up. It's happened before, where I just . . . over sing. I just faint. If you see the video, I fall down and when I wake up five seconds later, I get up and finish the song. The last time it happened was in 2008. I've done like 1,700 shows, so it's not a normal occurence."
Just five new songs have been released so far. After each new set of four tracks comes out, Corgan will release a limited edition CD of them on his own Martha Music label.
Corgan's new SMASHING PUMPKINS band includes guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Nicole Fiorentino and drummer Mike Byrne.
SMASHING PUMPKINS have scattered concert dates lined up from now through November.
Corgan's new book, "Chants Magnetique", will be available on September 15.