Billy Corgan, the guitarist of Smashing Pumpkins, just announced that the band's first song will be released in May. The band will also have a reunion tour starting July 12.
On his Instagram account, Corgan shared a pixelated black, red, blue, and yellow photo of a man holding a guitar. He captioned the snap by updating his fans with Smashing Pumpkins' progress. In his lengthy post, Corgan also shared the titles of the group's eight songs.
"So almost all of the musical side is done with 2 days to go, leaving background vocals and last minute touches/flourishes/drang. For those who missed it, the 8 songs are as titled: 'Solara,' 'Marchin' On,' 'Travels,' 'Seek and You Shall Destroy,' 'With Sympathy,' 'Knights of Malta,' 'Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts),' and 'Alienation,'" wrote Corgan.
The guitarist said that he and his bandmates plan to release the eight songs in two installments. Corgan also told his fans that Smashing Pumpkins just sat down for an interview with the New York Times, and the members got to answer some fan questions. However, the guitarist did not reveal when their interview will be released.
Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Album, Tour
Earlier this year, reports noted that Smashing Pumpkins' reunion album will be produced by Rick Rubin. Last month, the group also confirmed that it will have reunion tour starting on July 12 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The band's series of shows will wrap up on Sept. 7 at the Ford Idaho Center in Boise, Idaho.
Tickets for the reunion tour have been made available since Feb. 23, but they are not sold out yet. Multiple publications revealed that the ticket sales have been quite slow for Smashing Pumpkins.
Smashing Pumpkins Former Bassist Speaks Up
The band was also at the center of a recent controversy involving D'arcy Wretzky, the band's former bassist. Rumors initially swirled that Wretzky refused to reunite with her band. However, the bassist said that she was not invited by Corgan.
Wretzky said that Corgan initially gave her a contract to return to the band, but he revoked it a few days later. The bassist told her social media followers that the reunion will feature a different musician.
"For despite reports, Ms. Wretzky has repeatedly been invited out to play with the group, participate in demo sessions, or at the very least, meet face-to-face, and in each and every instance she always deferred. We wish her all the best and look forward to reconnecting with you all very soon," defended Corgan.