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Smashing Pumpkins Debut ‘Empires’: Listen Now

During last night’s live concert at the Metro in Chicago, the Smashing Pumpkins showcased ‘Empires,’ their brand new song from the forthcoming album, Atum, coming April 21, 2023. 

Though no video footage of the performance thus far exists, an audio recording of the raucous live song emerged on YouTube following the gig. 

Along with another new song, ‘Beguiled,’ the Billy Corgan-fronted rock band announced Atum: A Rock Opera in Three Acts earlier this week. The legendary group is billing the 33-track opus, whose title is pronounced “autumn,” as a sequel to 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and 2000’s Machina/The Machine of God

The Pumpkins premiered ‘Beguiled’ in a performance on TikTok, and Corgan will premiere a new track every week for the next 33 weeks during his new podcast, Thirty-Three With William Patrick Corgan. The first two episodes are available now, featuring the songs “Atum” and “Butterfly Suite.”

Each of the 11-song acts will be released along with the podcast; Act 1 will be available on 11.15, Act 2 on 1.31, and Act 3 will complete the drama on 4.21, the same day, the group will release a special edition box set containing 10 more, previously unreleased songs.

Following a performance on The Tonight Show on Friday, Smashing Pumpkins will be hitting the road this fall for the Spirits on Fire Tour in North America with Jane’s Addiction.

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Author: Saul Goode

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