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Billy Corgan Announces New Solo Album, 'Ogilala'

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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan—now going under his full name, William Patrick Corgan—has announced a new solo album, Ogilala, and shared a new song called "Aeronaut."

Ogilala—which is set for an October 13 release via BMG—was produced by Rick Rubin. Its songs are, like "Aeronaut," more spare than his work with Smashing Pumpkins, leaning far more heavily on acoustic guitar and piano, instrumentation-wise.

"Having written the songs for voice and guitar, I put myself in Rick’s hands to take the music wherever he’d like," Corgan said. "Normally I would have done more, and tinkered more on production, but rather Rick put the onus on me to deliver at a molecular level via live takes. The rest was simply a reaction."

With the album, Corgan also announced that he would embark on a solo acoustic North American tour starting in October.

You can check out "Aeronaut," the tracklist for Ogilalaand the dates for Corgan's upcoming tour below.


  • 01 Zowie
  • 02 Processional
  • 03 The Spaniards
  • 04 Aeronaut
  • 05 The Long Goodbye
  • 06 Half-Life of an Autodidact
  • 07 Amarinthe
  • 08 Antietam
  • 09 Mandaryne
  • 10 Shiloh
  • 11 Archer

William Patrick Corgan Acoustic Tour:

10-14 Brooklyn, NY - Murmrr Theatre
10-15 Brooklyn, NY - Murmrr Theatre
10-18 Wilmington, DE - Grand Opera House
10-20 Toronto, Ontario - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10-24 Chicago, IL - Athenaeum Theatre
10-25 Chicago, IL - Athenaeum Theatre
10-27 Nashville, TN - CMA Theater
10-29 Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
11-01 San Francisco, CA - Herbst Theatre
11-02 San Francisco, CA - Herbst Theatre
11-09 Los Angeles, CA - The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
11-10 Los Angeles, CA - The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
11-11 Los Angeles, CA - The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.