Billy Corgan at Madame Zuzu's

Earlier this month, Billy Corgan announced that he’d be giving an eight-hour solo concert, a sort of musical interpretation of Herman Hesse’s novel Siddhartha. He was not bluffing. The show is happening this very minute at Madame Zuzu’s, the Chicago tea house that Corgan owns. The show is all ambient and instrumental, and as I’m writing this, it involves Corgan fiddling with a gigantic bank of electronics. The show is streaming live on YouTube, so you can watch it as it unfolds below.

Just think: If you watch this whole thing, you might not need to read the book.

Comments (12)
  1. Can’t wait to not watch this.

    • Ok, whoever downvoted me is hereby REQUIRED to watch the whole damn thing. I love the Pumpkins as much as anyone but this is classic Corgan-up-his-own-ass.

  2. Waiting for the cliffnotes

  3. I’m only in hour 2 but this will likely end up in my top 10 siddhartha inspired jams

  4. Nice experimentation. Long live alternative expression! (although, all the cable switching reminds me of an old-time switchboard operator trying to connect Eunice with her cousin Annie on the other side of town).

  5. Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) has been live tweeting the stream for the last two hours and it’s hilarious.

  6. I can’t believe this is real –– it’s like the Billy Corgan-est thing that Billy Corgan would do.

  7. Wake me when Kim Thayil does a 10 hour jam to “Eat, Pray, Love”

  8. This is at least interesting. I don’t mind batshit crazy Corgan, and I’d prefer he do crazy stuff than pretend the Smashing Pumpkins are still a band.

  9. If you watch it without knowing what’s going on he just looks like the slowest audio repairman ever.

  10. Billy Corgan!? I thought this was “William Corgan” the obscure ambient drone musician who only puts out releases on cassette.

  11. Remember when he was relevant?

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