Billy Corgan Putting on 8-Hour Ambient Performance in Chicago

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The eight-hour jam will be inspired by Hermann Hesse's 1922 novel "Siddartha"

At the end of this month, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan will perform a concert at his Chicago teahouse -- but don't come expecting to hear "1979" or "Today."

Corgan will perform an eight-hour interpretation of Hermann Hesse's novel "Siddartha" Feb. 28 at Madame ZuZu's Teahouse in Highland Park, SPIN reports. The performance, which could run over eight hours, will center around an "ambient/musical interpretation" of the book, a coming-of-age story that was published in 1922.

In a post on his Facebook, Corgan noted that the event was free, and that the performance would be "built on modular synthesis, on the fly." Event t-shirts will also be available.

SPIN notes that the singer and guitarist's Facebook page also confirmed earlier this month that Corgan is writing new songs for the Smashing Pumpkins. The rockers last released an album in 2012, with "Oceania" selling 54,000 copies in its first week to debut at No. 4.

Read the full Facebook post below.


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. As with all our events there is no charge. Performance will be centered around an ambient/musical interpretation of Hermann Hesse's 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.



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