Watch Billy Corgan’s eight hour long ‘Siddhartha’-inspired gig

The show took place at the Smashing Pumpkins man's own tea shop in Chicago

Billy Corgan performed an eight hour long gig based on author Herman Hesse’s 1922 novel ‘Siddhartha’ on Friday (February 28).

You can watch all eight hours of the Smashing Pumpkins singer’s show by scrolling down the page and clicking ‘play’. The free show took place at Corgan’s own Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse in Highland Park, Chicago. Writing about the performance on Facebook last week, Corgan said: “Performance will be centered around an ambient/musical interpretation of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha; built by modular synthesis, on the fly.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, around 40 people squeezed into the tea shop to catch a glimpse of Corgan in an 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.


Meanwhile, 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.