Billy Corgan plans eight hour ambient jam inspired by Hermann Hesse’s novel, Siddhartha

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is set to play an eight hour long gig based on author Hermann Hesse's 1922 novel, Siddhartha.

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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is set to play an eight hour long gig based on author Hermann Hesse’s 1922 novel, Siddhartha.

The free show will take place on February 28 at Corgan’s own Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse in Highland Park, Chicago. Writing about the performance on Facebook, Corgan said the performance will last 8-9 hours. “Performance will be centered around an ambient/musical interpretation of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha; built by modular synthesis, on the fly,” he said. “Readings of the text to go hand in hand with whatever is created; + the first @Hexistential poster, and event t-shirts too. Hope to see you there.”

In March 2013, Corgan said that Smashing Pumpkins had officially started writing their new album. “Excited to announce today’s our 1st official day of writing for new SP album. Wish us luck!,” he tweeted. On February 5 of this year, he also posted a picture of himself with a guitar with the caption “Writing new SP songs”.

Smashing Pumpkins released their last album, Oceania, in 2012. It was their eighth studio LP.


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