Smashing Pumpkins Archival Projects In The Works

A host of Smashing Pumpkins archival projects are in the works, including an as-yet-untitled greatest hits set due for a Nov. 6 release on Virgin. According to fan reports, the group's former frontman

A host of Smashing Pumpkins archival projects are in the works, including an as-yet-untitled greatest hits set due for a Nov. 6 release on Virgin. According to fan reports, the group's former frontman Billy Corgan made the announcement Saturday at a Pumpkins tribute concert at Chicago's Metro club, the site of the pioneering modern rock group's final concert last December.

Corgan also informed the crowd that a compilation of B-sides spanning the group's later period studio albums is also due before the end of the year. The album will likely be similar in scope to 1995's "Pisces Iscariot," which featured B-sides from the Pumpkins' first two albums, "Gish" and "Siamese Dream."

It is not known if any of the 25 previously unreleased tracks the band disseminated for free online last fall will be included on the forthcoming releases. Those songs were reportedly submitted for release but rejected by Virgin; at the time, the band said it had "no plans for further release" of the material.

Meanwhile, two documentaries are in the pipeline: one encompassing the final Metro concert and another covering the Pumpkin's last years. Those projects are not expected to be completed until next year.

As previously reported, Corgan will join veteran U.K. electronic pop group New Order for six live appearances this summer, including four West Coast shows on Moby's inaugural Area: One tour. He also guests on the track "Turn My Way" on New Order's forthcoming album, "NEWORDERGETREADY," due Aug. 27 on Qwest/Warner Bros. in North America.
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