Consequence of Sound reported this weekend that alternative legends Smashing Pumpkins will record a sequel to the beloved ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’ and ‘Machina’. Billy Corgan confirmed the 33-song sequel which was originally intended to be a part of a worldwide arena tour that has been delayed due to the pandemic. This past week marks the 25th anniversary of ‘Mellon Collie’ which featured classics like ‘Bullet with Butterfly Wings’, ‘1979’, and ‘Tonight, Tonight’. It went on to sell 5 million copies in the United States alone. Corgan formally announced the big project in a video you can watch below.
Pumpkins are not simply celebrating their past, but also forging new audible adventures with Corgan working again with guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin along Jeff Schroeder whose been with the group since 2007. Their latest album ‘CYR’ will be released on November 27th.
101WKQX’s Jon Manley and James Vanosdol were proud to talk to one of the biggest alternative bands to ever come out of Chicago on two recent episodes of our new podcast, History of Alternative. In part 1 episode Billy talks about how the band put their artistic vision ahead of commercial concerns, how some people tried to talk him out of releasing ‘Melon Collie’ as a double record, and more. In part two, Iha and Chamberlin dig even deeper with how the band’s legacy endured beyond their break-up in 2000 and they have evolved since getting back together.