Over the weekend, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan played a three-hour retrospective set at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. In addition to greatest hits like “1979” and “Tonight, Tonight” and the archival rarities “Lonely Is the Name” and “The Rose March”, Corgan served up a pair of live debuts.
“Burnt Orange Black” is taken from the same sessions that yielded Pumpkins’ two new albums, Monuments To An Elegy and Day For Night. However, despite fitting the guitar-heavy M.O. of the upcoming albums, Corgan prefaced the performance by saying it was simply a “tasty, pre-holiday treat.”
Meanwhile, the riveting folk rock ballad “Methuselah” finally made its live debut some 20 years after its inception. Longtime Pumpkins fans will note that this track dates as far back as sessions for 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, with only a bootleg available until now.
Watch fan-shot footage of both tracks below (via Alternative Nation).
“Burnt Orange Black”:
In addition to the two new albums, Corgan and co. will release a giant-sized reissue of Adore on September 23rd. Corgan is also running his own pro wrestling league and continues to add to his already voluminous autobiography.