Billy Corgan To Produce Former Cars' Leader Ric Ocasek

Heading into the studio with Corgan and the gang.

Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan is expected to produce "three or four tracks,

maybe more" for former Cars frontman Rick Ocasek's next solo album, according

to a source who works with Ocasek.

Corgan and Ocasek will be joined by a

slew of big-name colleagues in the studio next week who will help Ocasek bang

out his next solo album, his first since 1993's ill-received Quick Change

World. In recent years Ocasek has been a much in-demand producer

responsible for Weezer's hit debut album, as well as for recent efforts by Nada

Surf and Bad Religion.

Ocasek is slated to enter a New York studio next

week with Bad Religion guitarist Brian Baker (with whom he has already laid

down some guitar tracks), Nada Surf drummer Ira Elliot, Hole bassist Melissa

Auf Der Maur and former Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes to work on the new tunes,

at least three of which will be produced by Corgan. The rest of the album will

be produced by Fort Apache, the duo of Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade, who

produced Hole's Live Through This. Columbia Records has penciled the

release in for a May street date.