Billy Corgan is working on demos in a Chicago recording studio for his debut solo album, and he says he's running ahead of schedule.
"I originally thought it would take 'til next year, but I'm now thinking by year's end we'll start recording," Corgan said in Sunday's Chicago Tribune.
Although Corgan had hinted he would take 2001 off after the Smashing Pumpkins disbanded at the end of last year, he said he "feels like a million bucks" writing music again.
The singer did not divulge any details of the album because he is "trying to be flexible about all aspects of it, the music and the personnel," he told the Tribune.
So far this year, Corgan has performed with Marianne Faithfull (see "Billy Corgan, Marianne Faithfull Glide Through Third Waltz") and former Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin (see "Billy Corgan Serenades Bozo The Clown"). He will also play guitar with New Order on their Area:One dates (see "Primal Scream, Billy Corgan Getready To Help Out New Order"), beginning July 31 in San Francisco.
Aside from recording with Faithfull and New Order, Corgan told the paper that he co-wrote and sang a track for Paul Oakenfold's next record, co-wrote a song for Lisa Marie Presley's album, and is executive-producing suburban Chicago emo-rock newcomers Sleeping at Last's next effort.
Corgan also revealed that he and Faithfull covered Herman's Hermits' "I'm Into Something Good."
"I asked her what she had been listening to, and she told me somewhat sheepishly that she'd been listening to Herman's Hermits," Corgan told the Tribune. "And we talked about that sunny-ness in music, and how people don't trust that anymore. So why not do the song."
Faithfull's as-yet-untitled album (see "Marianne Faithfull Records With Billy Corgan") is due in October.
Corgan was not available for comment. His publicist confirmed the information he gave the Tribune.
A Smashing Pumpkins greatest-hits album is scheduled to arrive before the end of the year (see "Billy Corgan Announces Smashing Pumpkins Collections, DVDs").