Will Smashing Pumpkins release a new album or announce an upcoming tour? The alternative rock band is counting down to Thursday, Feb. 15, at noon.
No one really knows what is waiting at the end of the timer. It has been a while since the group has released new music. Their most recent album, Monuments to an Elegy, came out way back in 2014.
However, last month, front man Billy Corgan also teased on a post on Instagram that the band might be recording with Rick Rubin, a record producer and cofounder of Def Jam Records. The singer also posted photos with original Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin.
The band also announced ice cream trucks that can be found around New York and Los Angeles. The band is inviting fans to take a photo of the truck and post them on social media for a chance to win a guitar from Yamaha.
LA & NYC see our SP truck in your neighborhood and post a photo on Instagram or Twitter, using the hashtags #SP2018 #entry, for a chance to win something special from @yahamaguitarsUS. Official Rules: https://t.co/YkPz5kuj2R pic.twitter.com/aSnBEvrnDt — Smashing Pumpkins (@SmashingPumpkin) February 10, 2018
Corgan also posted a photo of a Smashing Pumpkins billboard in a busy street in New York. It features the band's logo and the date "2-15-18."
"But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; tread softly because you tread on my dreamed," he quoted the Irish poet William Butler Yeats.
Earlier this month, he also teased that he has finished recording in a studio and that he has 26 songs in "various states of completion." It is not clear whether the songs are for the Smashing Pumpkins or a solo effort.
Loudmouth speculates that the announcement could be about an upcoming reunion tour that might feature songs from the band's previous albums. In another post, the official Smashing Pumpkins Twitter and Instagram pages posted a photo of two young women with wings that fans suspect might be the same girls from the cover of Siamese Dream. The album, released in 1993, is turning 25 years old this year.
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When past is present and future, too. @smashingpumpkin pic.twitter.com/snqKkATkGm — Smashing Pumpkins (@SmashingPumpkin) February 10, 2018
As for the upcoming announcement, fans can sign up on smahingpumpkins.com to be included in the mailing list and be among the first to know what the band has in store this year.