Billy Corgan

Musician + Songwriter + Producer + Author

William Patrick "Billy" Corgan, Jr. is an American musician, producer and occasional poet best known as the frontman and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins. Formed by Corgan and guitarist James Iha in Chicago, Illinois in 1987, the band quickly gained steam with the addition of bassist D'arcy Wretzky and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin.… Read More

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1967 Birth Born on March 17, 1967.
1970 3 Years Old Corgan was born in Elk Grove Village, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, as the oldest son of William Corgan Sr., a blues/rock guitarist, and Martha Louise Maes Corgan Lutz. His parents had one more child, Ricky, before divorcing in 1970. … Read More


1985 18 Years Old …  Not finding the Chicago music scene to his liking, he moved from Chicago to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1985 with his first major band, The Marked (so named for the conspicuous birthmarks of both Corgan and drummer Ron Roesing). … Read More


1987 20 Years Old Corgan performed with Wayne Static in Static's first band Deep Blue Dream, in 1987/88. … Read More
1993 26 Years Old In 1993, he married his longtime on-again, off-again girlfriend Chris Fabian, art conservator and artist. … Read More
…  Their appearance on Saturday Night Live on November 11, 1995 to promote this material (their second appearance on the show overall) also was the television debut appearance of Corgan's shaved head, which he has maintained consistently ever since. … Read More


1998 - 2002 5 More Events
2003 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In the midst of their supporting tour for the album, mounting conflict between Corgan and Chamberlin and the other band members led to the cancellation of the rest of the tour as the band entered an apparent hiatus, formally announcing a breakup in September 2003.
In 2004, Corgan began writing revealing autobiographical posts on his website and his MySpace page, blaming Iha for the breakup of the Smashing Pumpkins, calling Wretzky "a mean spirited drug addict," and criticizing his former Zwan bandmates' fixation with "indie cred" and calling them "filthy", opportunistic, and selfish.
Corgan toured behind his solo album with a touring band that included Linda Strawberry, Brian Liesegang and Matt Walker in 2005. … Read More


2007 40 Years Old 1 More Event
The new album, titled Zeitgeist, was released in the U.S. on July 10, 2007, and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts.
2008 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2008, Corgan said, "I've had a bad marriage and seven bad girlfriends in a row", a perspective he attributes to his dedication to music.
Chamberlin left the band in March 2009, and Corgan elected to continue under the name.
In March 2010, Corgan stated in an interview in reference about Love "I have no interest in supporting her in any way, shape or form. … Read More
2011 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2011, Corgan founded a Chicago-based indie pro-wrestling corporation called Resistance Pro Wrestling.
2012 - 2014 2 More Events
In April 2015, Corgan was announced as the new Senior Producer of Creative and Talent Development for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where his role was to "develop characters and create story lines", which he has called "a dream come true."
In August 2016, Corgan took over as the promotion's new president.
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