Billy Corgan commences work on new Smashing Pumpkins album

The alt.rock band will play three UK arena shows in July

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has said that the band have officially started writing their new album.

Corgan tweeted the news earlier today (March 25), writing:

However, last year Corgan said he had already stared writing, declaring that his band’s next album would be “a cruel record”.

The singer, whose band released their last studio album in June 2012, had said that he was already working on the follow-up.

He told MTV Hive of the follow-up to ‘Oceania’: “I’m starting to write new songs for the next Pumpkins album. I got a lot going on. I have a title for the next album but I won’t tell. It’s going to be a cruel record. Vengeance is mine.”

The singer previously said that he hopes to have the follow-up to ‘Oceania’ out by December 2013.

Smashing Pumpkins will play three UK tour dates later this year, starting in Manchester on July 1, then performing in Glasgow on July 2 before returning later in the month for their London gig on July 22.

Smashing Pumpkins will play:

Manchester Academy (July 1)
Glasgow O2 Academy (2)
London Wembley Arena (22)

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