The Smashing Pumpkins just announced a fall tour in support of their latest album, Oceania, but already frontman Billy Corgan is thinking about the band's next album. Corgan has started writing songs for the next effort, which he says "definitely seems like it's going to be more of a rockin' affair." He told Billboard.com that he'd like to have it in stores by December of 2013, but he conceded: "That's really ambitious, because we're still touring, and I've never been successful writing on tour. I don't even try. So even if we went into the studio in November when we come off of this tour, it's still pretty ambitious to have it out by then."
Meanwhile, the group is prepping for a trek that begins with two shows in Mexico on September 22 and 23, followed by a North American run that starts on October 2 in Winnipeg and wraps on November 4 in Hartford, CT. The group will be performing Oceania in its entirety, as well as a selection of older material that Corgan says "is related to Oceania. We come off Oceania with this vibe in the room, so it's like 'What do we play that makes sense?' It's not just Oceania and the greatest hits. It's more of a theatrical night, honestly."
The concerts will feature visuals by Sean Evans, who worked with Roger Waters on his recent touring production of The Wall. The centerpiece of the Pumpkins' show is a 25-foot sphere suspended above the band that features projected images throughout the show.
"We had to almost invent new technology to be able to project onto a sphere," Corgan told Billboard, "because I had in my mind that I wanted to do a three-dimensional sphere, and everyone kept saying 'You can't do that. The images will warp.' They actually invented computer technology to kind of alter the images so they don't warp on the sphere. It's pretty wild. So far we've done it five or six times, and it feels different, too. It doesn't feel like a normal concert. The concentration level is like doing a play or something. We're really enjoying that part of it, but it's a big challenge."