Alternative rocker, poet, and grunge mystic, Billy Corgan took to Facebook recently to share news of his latest feats in Corgan land.
Back in July he hinted at the solo record he was working on, but never indulged forthwith on the juicy details. In a Facebook video posted on The Smashing Pumpkins official page, Corgan rambled on in a soft and casual tone about working with famed record producer and friend Rick Rubin.
“I have talked a little bit about how I’m making a solo record,” he said. “I haven’t talked about who I made the solo record with. I actually made the solo record with Rick Rubin, my longtime friend, and one of the greatest producers in the history of rock and roll. We finished all the basic recordings. I think we recorded about 12 or 13 songs. I’m set to go back out to the west coast at some point to finish up a few things, but for the most part the record is done. I don’t have a due date on when that’s going to be coming out.”
Rubin is a co-founder of Def Jam Records and American Recordings, and is the former co-President of Columbia Records. He has worked with The Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Along with the news about his still semi-elusive solo record, Corgan talked about writing songs for musician Sierra Swan, working as President for TNA Wrestling, a possible reunion with Smashing Pumpkins (though he’s not announcing it directly), and he even shed some light on plans to start releasing tracks from the band’s vault.
“We’re going to start release archival stuff from the band’s early history, sort of 88-92 era, live recordings that we have in the archives. We’re going to offer those on vinyl and also offer those available on digital.”
It’s about time!
A proper announcement on where to find the material is yet to be released.
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