Billy Corgan Unveils Solo Tour Plans
The former Smashing Pumpkins/Zwan leader will be backed by a band of musicians yet to be announced on the eight-week outing, for which only a handful of dates have been confirmed.Billy Corgan will begin a solo tour in June in Lisbon in support of his solo debut, "TheFutureEmbrace," which arrives June 21 via Warner Bros. The former Smashing Pumpkins/Zwan leader will be backed by a band of musicians yet to be announced on the eight-week outing, for which only a handful of dates have been confirmed.
The 11-track "TheFutureEmbrace" includes a cover of the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody" that features the Cure's Robert Smith on backing vocals. Former Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is behind the kit on "DIA," returning the favor of Corgan's recent appearance on his Sanctuary solo debut, "Life Begins Again."
Corgan is in the midst of a European promotional tour and will perform tonight (April 28) in Hamburg, Germany. The artist has been posting lengthy reports on both his official Web site and his blog, including a number of candid recollections of formative experiences with Smashing Pumpkins.
Last weekend, Corgan described visiting Paris' Sacre Coeur church and sitting down to strum his guitar in anonymity. But when fans realized who he was, he obliged them with a performance of the Pumpkins' "Today." "It was the first time I had played a Pumpkins song since Dec. 2, 2000, so I was a bit rusty on the old chords, but surprisingly it all came back. All were in good, if not quite memorable voice (considering they knew the lyrics as they hear them, not what they actually are -- which I suppose is my fault if you get down to it)."
Here are Billy Corgan's tour dates:
June 1: Lisbon (Aula Magna)
June 4: Barcelona (Apolo)
June 6: Milan (Alcatraz)
June 8: Gent, Belgium (Vooruit)
June 9: Amsterdam (Paradiso)
June 10: Paris (La Cigale)
June 11: Cologne, Germany (Live Music Hall)
June 15-16: London (Forum)
June 17: Dublin (the Ambassador)