Billy Corgan Reveals Smashing Pumpkins Are in Final Stages of Two EPs

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Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins performs at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on March 26, 2016 in Los Angeles. 

The Smashing Pumpkins are decidedly back. Frontman Billy Corgan took to Instagram Friday (March 9) to reveal, and add some updates, on a slew of new things coming from the ultimate alt-rock band of the '90s -- ranging from the finalization of two separate E.P.’s and an upcoming profile in the New York Times.

As for the status of the upcoming pair of projects, a first song is “most likely due out in May,” while the rest of the finishing touches are in their final stages, “leaving background vocals and last minute touches/flourishes/drang.” Corgan went on to reiterate the eight song track list that he had originally posted in mid February, but did not specify which songs would be on which EP.


The Instagram post also mentioned a “long-ranging interview with the NYT, which given the questions asked will address many of the things we get asked about here on IG.” The questions Corgan is likely referring to are the ones surrounding bassist D'arcy Wretzky, who said she was uninvited from the band’s upcoming tour -- a claim that the three other members went on to deny. She had claimed that Corgan sent her a touring contract, but months later said "that wasn't a real offer." The three other members released a statement saying Wretzky's "repeatedly been invited out to play with the group, participate in demo sessions, or at the very least, meet face-to-face, and in each and every instance she always deferred."

With or without Wretzky, the tour is set to start on July 12 in Arizona and continue on into September.

Check out the tour dates, as well as the upcoming EPs' tracklist(s) below.

Tracklist

Solara
Marchin' On
Travels
Seek and You Shall Destroy
With Sympathy
Knights of Malta
Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)
Alienation

The Shiny and Oh So Bright tour dates 

July 12, 2018-- Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
July 14, 2018-- Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
July 16, 2018-- Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
July 17, 2018-- Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
July 18, 2018-- Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
July 20, 2018-- Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
July 21, 2018-- Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
July 22, 2018-- Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
July 24, 2018-- Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
July 25, 2018-- Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
July 27, 2018-- Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
July 28, 2018-- Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
July 29, 2018-- Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
July 31, 2018-- Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Aug. 01, 2018-- New York City, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Aug. 04, 2018-- Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Aug. 05, 2018-- Detroit, MI Little @ Caesars Arena
Aug. 07, 2018-- Montreal @ Centre Bell
Aug. 08, 2018-- Toronto Air @ Canada Centre
Aug. 11, 2018-- Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
Aug. 13, 2018-- Chicago, IL @ United Center
Aug. 16, 2018-- Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Aug. 17, 2018-- Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Aug. 19, 2018-- St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Aug. 20, 2018-- Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
Aug. 21, 2018-- Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
Aug. 24, 2018-- Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
Aug. 25, 2018-- Portland, OR @ Moda Center
Aug. 27, 2018-- Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
Aug. 28, 2018-- Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
Aug. 30, 2018-- Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
Sept. 01, 2018-- San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
Sept. 02, 2018-- Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Sept. 04, 2018-- Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
Sept. 05, 2018-- Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Sept. 07, 2018-- Boise, ID @ Ford Idaho Center