The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins Are Working On 33-Song ‘Rock Opera’ As A Sequel To “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness”/”Machina”


Beyond the upcoming November 27th release of a new double album titled “Cyr“, The Smashing Pumpkins have plans to cap off the trilogy that began with their 10x multi-platinum album “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness” and continued with “Machina/The Machines Of God“. According to frontman Billy Corgan, that album will be a 33-song rock opera with work on it already underway. Corgan spoke about it in the below announcement shared last week. He said of it:

It’s kind of a rock opera and it’s being written from the ground up as that. We already have 33 of the songs and we’re hard at work, I’ve been in the studio right now with Jimmy [Chamberlain] working out the drum stuff.”

“…We feel like in many ways this completes the circle on everything we started and weren’t able to finish at that time, so we’re very excited about that.”

Corgan also revealed that mixing is underway on a fully realized version of his vision for his 2000 album “Machina/The Machines Of God“. Corgan had originally wanted that outing to arrive as a double album, but issues with his then label of Virgin Records prevented that from coming to fruition.

Corgan would later go on to release a companion album, “Machina II/The Friends & Enemies Of Modern Music“, independently, limiting it to some 25 copies. He encouraged rips of it to be distributed across the internet. Corgan clarified that this new version of the album will feature a track listing “somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 to 51 songs”, which does not include the “extra tracks and outtakes and all that stuff.”

Also in the pipeline is a third volume in the “Shiny And Oh So Bright” series, which “Cyr” continues as the second entry. As previously reported, the band are also planning a 25th anniversary tour for “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness” celebrating the era of the record with a full production arena tour rather than performing the album in its entirety.

Plans for that run have been delayed by COVID-19 and will be announced as soon as possible once COVID-19 restrictions and limitations are no longer in place.

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