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Billy Corgan Announces ‘Pillbox’ Silent Film To Accompany Upcoming Solo Album ‘Ogilala’

GRAMMY® Award winning, acclaimed singer-songwriter and Smashing Pumpkins frontman, William Patrick Corgan today announced Pillbox, a silent film set to music from his highly-anticipated forthcoming Rick Rubin produced solo album Ogilala, due out October 13, 2017 via BMG. Corgan today also shared the film’s official trailer which can be seen HERE.

“I thought it was a different approach to listening to an album, to watch it in essence with a related, albeit non-linear, silent movie. Art is art. And together the two pieces create a work unto itself,” shared Corgan on the film’s connection to his new album.

Inspired by a hero’s journey, Pillbox was written by Corgan, and directed by Corgan alongside longtime collaborator Linda Strawberry. The film is a Strawberry-Blank Assassin Production and stars: Harry Holmes, Rai Quartley, Anna Steers, Kalpana Pot, Hardeep Manak, Los Angela, Paul Seroka, Amelya Hensley, and Ike Catcher.

Corgan today also announced four intimate screenings of the film in London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. Tickets for the screenings will go on sale at this Friday, September 22 at 11:00am PT and will be available HERE. Fans who attend the screenings will receive a limited edition movie poster.

Pillbox Screenings

October 5 – London, UK. Royal Society of Arts *

October 9 – Los Angeles, CA. Los Feliz Theatre +

October 11 – Chicago, IL. Music Box Theatre #

October 12 – New York, NY. Tribeca Screening Room #

*Appearance by Corgan

#Appearances by Corgan and co-director, Linda Strawberry

+Appearances by co-director, Linda Strawberry and select cast members

Corgan announced Ogilala last month and shared its striking first track “Aeronaut”, which is available now HERE and in all DSPs. Produced by Rick Rubin and recorded at Shangri La studios in Malibu, Ogilala presents Corgan’s distinctive vocals and melodies across a sparse, but rich palette of acoustic guitar, piano, and strings.

The media was quick to praise the sound of “Aeronaut”, hailing, “The song itself is unfussy and intimate and, more importantly, Corgan owns the performance with his inimitable voice that few in the ’90s would have figured for a romantic lead” (NPR), “‘Aeronaut’ is stately and bare: an unhurried piano riff outlines both beat and melody, while glinting strings occasionally rise to meet the keening, nasal lead vocal from Corgan” (Rolling Stone), “[‘Aeronaut’] is dominated by dramatic strings, piano, and, of course, his unmistakable vocals-which still sound pretty great” (Noisey).

Ogilala will be available digitally as well as physically on CD and 180 gram gatefold vinyl. A limited edition opaque blue vinyl will be available directly from Corgan’s web store and a limited edition pink vinyl will be available at select indie retailers. The albumis available for pre-order now HERE. Fans who pre-order the album will receive an immediate download of “Aeronaut”.

Next month, Corgan will embark on a solo acoustic North American tour that kicks off on October 14th in Brooklyn, NY and wraps up on November 12th in Los Angeles, CA with a four night stint at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. These intimate performances will see Corgan perform songs from Ogilala, as well as a second set which will span works from his earliest days through his years as the frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins and beyond. A complete list of tour dates and ticket information can be found HERE.

William Patrick Corgan North American Tour Dates

October 14- Brooklyn, NY. Murmrr Theatre

October 15- Brooklyn, NY. Murmrr Theatre

October 18- Wilmington, DE. Grand Opera House

October 20- Toronto, ON. Queen Elizabeth Theatre

October 24- Chicago, IL. Athenaeum Theatre

October 25- Chicago, IL. Athenaeum Theatre

October 27- Nashville, TN. CMA Theater

October 29 – Boulder, CO. Boulder Theater

November 1- San Francisco, CA. Herbst Theatre

November 2- San Francisco, CA. Herbst Theatre

November 9- Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery

November 10- Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery

November 11- Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery

November 12 – Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery

William Patrick Corgan is a singer, songwriter, producer, and frontman of celebrated alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. Formed in Chicago, IL in 1988, the band released their heralded debut album Gish in 1991 and found mainstream success with 1993’s 4x multi-platinum Siamese Dream and 1995’s 10x multi-platinum Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Following the band’s 2000 dissolution, Corgan helmed the alternative rock band Zwan before releasing his debut solo album TheFutureEmbrace and reforming The Smashing Pumpkins in 2005. With over 30 million albums sold, the GRAMMY®, MTV VMA, and American Music Award winning band remains an influential force in alternative rock.