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Smashing Pumpkins announce sequel album to ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’

It seems everyone’s Smashing Pumpkins dreams have come true, after the band announced a massive new concept album accompanied by a world tour.

Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of Smashing Pumpkins‘ Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, and the band have revealed they have some exciting plans in store, including a massive sequel concept album, a world tour, and (in classic 2020 fashion) a Zoom chat.

Released in 1995, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was the band’s third album, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 – the only Smashing Pumpkin’s album to do so.

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The Smashing Pumpkins in 1993. Photo: Paul Bergen/Redferns

Billy Cogan and the gang have revealed that there is a 33-track concept album on the way, which will act as a sequel to Melon Collie and their 2000 album Machina. The album is on track for release late next year.

On top of this, the band has also announced that they will be embarking on a Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness world arena tour in celebration of the anniversary, set to take place next year.

To top it all off, Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin will participate in a Zoom chat on Friday, October 23rd at 1 pm ET (which is, unfortunately, 3 am tomorrow morning here in Australia). Only the first 1,000 people to join will be admitted to the live stream. You can register for it here.

Prior to the official announcement, Corgan confirmed the news in a video posted to his social media, describing of the new album: “It’s a sequel to ‘Melon Collie’ and ‘Machina’.” Like its two predecessors, the Corgan described that the record would have a “conceptual base involving a single character”, adding, “of course, you’ll find out who that third character is very soon”. 

“It’s kind of a rock opera,” he continued, revealing they’ve already finished writing all 33 songs. “We feel like in many ways this completes the circle on everything we started and weren’t able to finish at that time, so we’re very excited about that.”

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