It’s not quite a tour or the Smashing Pumpkins reunion he teases every so often, but Billy Corgan will be traveling across the country again for his documentary project he announced early last year. This go-round is a month-long project titled “Thirty Days.” It will involve “new musical pieces, interviews with people, and we’re gonna try to document this journey and try to come up with some sort of collective vision,” Corgan said in an announcement video on the Smashing Pumpkins’ Facebook.
Corgan also explained there would be three mini-projects within the overarching project, and the first would be “50 By 50” to celebrate his upcoming 50th birthday. It will be a collection of 50 of Corgan’s favorite songs “from all my years of writing… not necessarily my greatest songs, because obviously opinions differ on those, but maybe a sort of personal reflection.” He’ll be posting many of those songs as he goes along on the journey and calling on fans to ask which songs from his back catalog he should include or skip, all culminating in a recorded compilation at the end of the year.
The second installment of the project will be an album of cover songs, and the third is a new album of original material — although it’s unclear if this last piece is related to the album he’s been working on with Rick Rubin or an entirely new collection of songs.
Check out the full announcement below.