As the 25th anniversary of Mellon Collie… arrives (on October 24), the alt.rock titans have announced a 33-song album – expected to arrive next year – that completes a "trilogy", also featuring 2000 fifth LP Machina/The Machines Of God.
"It’s a sequel to Melon Collie… and Machina," explains the frontman in a new 10-minute video detailing the band's plans. "It’s kind of a rock opera. We feel like in many ways this completes the circle on everything we started and weren’t able to finish at that time, so we’re very excited about [it]."
On top of that, Billy has confirmed that the Pumpkins will be embarking on a "full-on arena tour" when they can in 2021 to bring the sequel album to life, with ambitious future plans that would give this trilogy "separate shows" for each record.
As for the immediate Mellon Collie… anniversary, Billy and Jimmy Chamberlin are set to join Radio 1 Rock Show host and Kerrang! columnist Daniel P. Carter on Zoom for a chat all about the album on October 23 from 10am PST/1pm EST.
Of course, the Pumpkins are also releasing a new 20-song double-album, Cyr, on November 27 via Sumerian Records. Busy, busy, busy…