Smashing Pumpkins dropped its new song, "Solara," on Friday, June 8. The track serves as the band's first single in 18 years.
The song, which was produced by Rick Rubin, will be performed by Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha, and Jeff Schroeder on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on June 11.
The track lyrics of "Solara" brings back the classic existentialism of Smashing Pumpkins. Lead vocalist Corgan sings with his signature tone while declaring that he is not everyone multiple times. Corgan and Schroeder's guitar lines also grow steadily as the song progresses.
D'Arcy Wretzky Slams Billy Corgan
Smashing Pumpkins' new song did not feature the voice of the band's original bassist D'Arcy Wretzky. The musician had an online spat with Corgan over their very conflicting statements regarding the group's reunion.
Wretzky claimed that Corgan did not ask her to join them on the Smashing Pumpkins reunion tour and project. Corgan, on the other hand, said that it was Wretzy who refused to take part in their new album and shows.
"Everyone said [Corgan] changed since he had a kid, and he can be very charming and fun. He's fun to talk to; I enjoy mental sparring with him. I just was so out of that world for the longest time, I wasn't aware of a lot of the crazy stuff like he supports Trump. What? The shape-shifting thing, I honestly think he may have a brain tumor. He's always been insufferable," said Wretzky.
Smashing Pumpkins Tour
Other than the band's new song, Smashing Pumpkins will also embark on its Shiny and Oh So Bright tour with Metric. The series of shows will kick off on July 12 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. It will wrap up on Sept. 7 at the Ford Idaho Center in Boise, Idaho.
Other show dates and venues are at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on July 14, Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on July 16, Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on July 17, American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on July 18, Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on July 20, and more.
Following the tour announcement in February, Corgan said that Smashing Pumpkins' Shiny and Oh So Bright tour would be unlike all of the other concerts they have done before.
"For this is a chance at a new beginning, we plan on ushering it in with a real bang," said Corgan.