Billy Corgan has announced plans to perform an eight-hour concert inspired by Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha. Seriously. Corgan’s show is going down Feb. 28 at Madame ZuZu’s Tea Shop—which he owns—in the suburbs of Chicago and will “be centered around an ambient/musical interpretation of Herman Hesse’s Siddartha; built by modular synthesis, on the fly.” The sounds will also be accompanied by readings of Hesse’s 1922 text, which tells the story of “the spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha,” and touches on issues of philosophy including (but not limited to) existentialism, transcendentalism, and Lebenskrankheit. Finally fans will have the chance to hear spiritual leader Billy Corgan’s thoughts on life, death, and life after death.
As with all of Corgan’s Madame ZuZu’s events, there’s no charge for admission—not that anyone would have pointed to a high-ticket price as the reason not to attend.