SMASHING PUMPKINS have released a new single, “Beguiled”, taken from the band’s upcoming album, “Atum: A Rock Opera In Three Acts”
The 33-track collection, whose title is pronounced “autumn,” is being billed as a sequel to 1995’s “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness” and 2000’s “Machina/The Machine of God“. The LP will be released as three 11-track “acts”, eventually culminating in a three-act rock opera. Act 1 of “Atum” will arrive on November 15 2022, Act 2 on January 31 2023, and Act 3 will be made available, along with a special-edition box set featuring all 33 album tracks plus 10 additional unreleased songs, on April 21, 2023.
“Beguiled” was performed live for the first time in a TikTok video, and SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan will premiere a new track every week for the next 33 weeks on his new podcast, “Thirty-Three With William Patrick Corgan“. The first two episodes, featuring the songs “Atum” and “Butterfly Suite“, are out now.
“Atum: A Rock Opera In Three Acts” was written and recorded over a four-year period by Corgan and the rest of the current SMASHING PUMPKINS lineup: guitarists James Iha and Jeff Schroeder, plus drummer Jimmy Chamberlin.
SMASHING PUMPKINS have also announced two intimate shows, at Chicago’s Metro and New York City’s Irving Plaza, as well as a performance this Friday of “Beguiled” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon“.
Next month, SMASHING PUMPKINS will hit the road for a fall 2022 North American tour, dubbed “Spirits On Fire“, with JANE’S ADDICTION.