Billy Corgan to play gig inspired by the poetry of 13th century mystic Rumi

The free show takes place this Sunday at Corgan's Chicago tea shop

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is set to play a gig inspired by the poetry of 13th century mystic Rumi.

The event will take place this Sunday (March 30), reports Consequence of Sound, at Corgan’s own tea shop, Madame ZuZu’s in Chicago. The show will apparently comprise “4 sonic impressions” on Rumi’s work. Last month Corgan performed an eight hour long gig based on author Herman Hesse’s 1922 novel ‘Siddhartha’ at the same venue.

According to the Chicago Tribune, around 40 people squeezed into the tea shop to catch a glimpse of Corgan in the intimate venue. Outside a “modest” crowd waited in line to get into the shop to see the performance. However, the Madame ZuZu staff rotated the audience every couple of hours to allow those outside to see some of the show.


Smashing Pumpkins recently announced that they will release two new albums in 2015. The two new LPs will be titled ‘Monuments To An Elegy’ and ‘Day For Night’ and the band hope to precede them with a new single this year, according to a post written by frontman Billy Corgan on the Smashing Pumpkins’ website.

“For those interested in sound, think: ‘Guitars, guitars, guitars, and more guitars’,” Corgan wrote. “But more so on the epic side of things than, say, grossly metallic. Recording sessions begin today, as plenty of songs have been written and ready to go.” The albums will be produced by Howard Willing, who started working with the band on their 1998 album ‘Adore’.

Smashing Pumpkins released their ninth album, ‘Oceania’, in 2012.


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