William Patrick Corgan is better known as Billy Corgan, the frontman of the alternative rock band, The Smashing Pumpkins. Today, the Grammy award winning singer and songwriter has announced that his second solo album, titled Ogilala is on its way. The new album, which is produced by Rick Rubin and recorded at the Shangri La studios in Malibu will be released on October 13, 2017 through BMG.
In a statement about the album, Corgan said; “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. 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.”
Today, Corgan released the first single from the new album, “Aeronaut.” The piano driven track is bare and intimate featuring Corgan alone with his piano. The song builds with emotion thanks to strong lyrics. “Aeronaut” is a simple ballad at it’s rawest form.
When fans pre-order Oguilala, they will receive the downloaded track immediately. The album will be digitally available as well as physically on CD and 180 gram gatefold vinyl.
3. The Spaniards
5. The Long Goodbye
6. Half-Life Of An Autodidact
Fans can pre-order Ogilala starting today.
Listen to “Aeronaut” below.
Starting in October, Corgan will his the road as he begins his solo acoustic North American tour. He will start on October 14th in Brooklyn, NY and will end on November 11th with a three night stint at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA. These performances will show Corgan performing not only songs from his new album but also showcase his career starting from his earliest days through his time as the frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins.
Fans can purchase tickets this Friday, August 25th here.
William Patrick Corgan North American Tour Dates:
October 14- Brooklyn, NY. Murmrr Theatre
October 15- Brooklyn, NY. Murmrr Theatre
October 18- Wilmington, DE. Grand Opera House
October 20- Toronto, ON. Queen Elizabeth Theatre
October 24- Chicago, IL. Athenaeum Theatre
October 25- Chicago, IL. Athenaeum Theatre
October 27- Nashville, TN. CMA Theater
October 29 – Boulder, CO. Boulder Theater
November 1- San Francisco, CA. Herbst Theatre
November 2- San Francisco, CA. Herbst Theatre
November 9- Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
November 10- Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
November 11- Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Photo credit: Raymond Flotat