Smashing Pumpkins guitarist/vocalist Billy Corgan has announced he will perform an immense eight hour set, consisting entirely of improvised music, next week in Chicago.
In a statement released online, Corgan revealed his performance will be inspired by author Herman Hesse’s influential 1922 novel, ‘Siddhartha,’ which tells the tale of a man named Siddhartha’s spiritual journey of self-discovery during the time of the Gautama Buddha.
“On 2//28 I’ll be doing a show at Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse; start time noon, and due to nature of performance it’ll last 8-9 hours. So see in coming days for details on seating and admissions,” Corgan wrote.
He added that the special free performance will be an ambient/musical interpretation of ‘Siddhartha’: “…built by modular synthesis, on the fly. Readings of the text to go hand in hand with whatever is created; + the first @Hexistential poster, and event t-shirts too. Hope to see you there.”
The show will take place on February 28 at Corgan’s own Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse in Highland Park, Chicago.
Corgan recently confirmed he is also working on material for the next Smashing Pumpkins record in an update to his newly created official Facebook page, simply commenting, “Writing new SP songs.”
Smashing Pumpkins released their last album, ‘Oceania’, in 2012. It was their eighth studio LP.
Stay tuned for further updates.