Billy Corgan and company perform Atum single before embarking on arena tour with Jane’s Addiction next week
The track is the first off the band’s planned 33-track triple-LP Atum: A Rock Opera in Three Acts, an album billed as Billy Corgan’s sequel to 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and 2000’s Machina/The Machine of God.
Corgan will premiere a new track from Atum (pronounced “Autumn”) every week for the next 33 weeks on his new podcast,Thirty-Three With William Patrick Corgan; the first two episodes, “Atum” and “Butterfly Suite,” arrived earlier this week.
Each of the 11-song acts will be released along with the podcast; Act 1 will be available on Nov. 15, Act 2 on Jan. 31, and Act 3 will complete the drama on April 21. That same day, the group will release a special edition box set containing 10 more, previously unreleased songs.
Prior to embarking on the arena trek, the semi-reunited Smashing Pumpkins — guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin included — played a pair of warm-up shows at Chicago’s Metro and New York’s Irving Plaza, with both shows featuring the debut of the Atum-bound “Empires” as well as “Beguiled.”