Smashing Pumpkins announce rock opera triple album and share lead single, ‘Beguiled’

The trilogy of albums will act as a sequel to their classic records Melon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and Machina/The Machines Of God

Chicago alt-rock outfit Smashing Pumpkins have announced their next project, and it’s a big one. ATUM (pronounced ‘autumn’) will be a sprawling three-act rock opera, totally 33 songs and spanning three albums. The band have also announced that the project will act as a sequel to 1995’s Melon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and 2000’s Machina/The Machines Of God. Lead single ‘Beguiled’ acts as a first taste of the trilogy.

Front man Billy Corgan has also announced a new podcast, Thirty-Three With William Patrick Corgan, which will reveal, break down and dissect each of the 33 tracks in turn.

The Smashing Pumpkins - Beguiled (Official Music Video)

“I actually wanted to do it about four years ago, but there wasn’t a lot of energy in the band for it,” Corgan told NME. “It was when James was coming back and there was a lot of different things going on, including a big tour.

“So there was some feeling that trying to put a concept record on top of all of that was a lot to take on right at the start of that process. But once Covid hit and I found myself sitting here with nothing to do, I thought, Right, I’m gonna do it now.”

ATUM will be released in three acts. The first will be released on 15 November 2022, the second on 31 January 2023, and the third on 21 April 2023.