Billy Corgan

Musician, Songwriter, Producer, Author Billy Corgan

William Patrick "Billy" Corgan, Jr. is an American musician, producer, lyricist, writer, 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.
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Billy Corgan: Tiny Desk Concert
NPR - 3 months
Billy Corgan, complicated frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins, has had a tumultuous decade-and-a-half. His visit to the Tiny Desk, with a string quartet backing him, was anything but. (Image credit: Jennifer Kerrigan/NPR)
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New Mix: Billy Corgan, Mavis Staples And Jeff Tweedy, Wolf Alice, More
NPR - 5 months
This week's essential new music includes a piano ballad from Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, a powerful look at race relations in America from soul singer Mavis Staples and more. (Image credit: Courtesy of the artists )
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Billy Corgan promises new music as he embarks on another trip around U.S.
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is hitting the road again for his new project "Thirty Days," a sequel to his 2016 cross-country trip. "Gonna wander around America again for 30 days. No destination, just gonna wander around and talk to a lot of different people," Corgan announced Tuesday...
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Rodney Cromwell's Uplifting Synth Pop
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I was glad to receive some upbeat music in the face of the present moment's constant, relentless stream of bad news. "Rodney Cromwell" aka Adam Creswell created a tight group of retro synth-pop songs which slapped a smile on my face, despite all the anxiety pressing down upon humanity. This music feels like a necessary antidote, a placebo perhaps, but I don't care. I'm glad to be smothered in joyful synth-pop, and I imagine you will be too. His new lo-fi disco laments are joyfully simple and painfully funny. 'Fax Message Breakup' EP released last week, following up his debut 'Age of Anxiety' LP and 'Black Dog' EP. He reveals the inspiration behind five key tracks from his output here: Barry Was an Arms Dealer (from the album 'Age of Anxiety') Inspired by a friend who suffered from severe paranoid delusions. His delusions were not of 'reds under the bed' but more the sort of far-left paranoid assertions that if you are not growing your own organic mung beans, doi...
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Billy Corgan: "Nothing you or God can do to stop" Vince McMahon from buying TNA
ABC News - over 1 year
With the impending sale of TNA Impact Wrestling and the status of Sunday's Bound For Glory pay-per-view card still unresolved, minority owner and creative lead Billy Corgan is hoping for a miracle. Corgan, the iconic frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins who joined TNA in 2015 and was later elevated to president in August, was a guest on The Dan Le Batard Show on Thursday. "We have been in the same situation the last three times we have done this and we have had a 'Music City Miracle' three times in a row, so I am kind of counting on a fourth one," Corgan said. "I don't expect anybody is going to do anything too ridiculous to make sure that [Sunday's PPV] doesn't happen. It would put a lot of people out of work." Corgan has been forced to personally finance the past three rounds of TV tapings at the last minute as TNA continues to face financial trouble. He is hoping to resolve that issue with a new vision for the company, provided he can...
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A Dinner For All Senses, With a Billy Corgan Song
Yahoo News - over 1 year
A new concert and dinner in New York aims to stimulate simultaneously all five senses, with the goal of maximizing happiness. The project, conceived by composer and chef Ysanne Spevack, will revolve around a meal that emphasizes crowd-pleasing cacao as well as music, visuals and smells that are equally aimed at mass enjoyment. Spevack, who calls her project "Yntegrity" and the event "Cacao in E Major," said that people in the natural world would have a greater balance among the five senses.
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Smashing Pumpkins a creative - and nostalgic - force at same time
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan last shared a Chicago stage with guitarist James Iha at the group's farewell concert at Metro in December 2000. Following a March reunion of the warring former bandmates in Los Angeles, the two teamed up again Thursday at Chicago's Civic Opera House when Corgan...
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Smashing Pumpkins a creative - and nostalgic - force at same time
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan last shared a Chicago stage with guitarist James Iha at the group's farewell concert at Metro in December 2000. Following a March reunion of the warring former bandmates in Los Angeles, the two teamed up again Thursday at Chicago's Civic Opera House when Corgan...
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Billy Corgan: Smashing Pumpkins belong in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
The Smashing Pumpkins deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because "we were one of the prime bands of our era and we continue to be a top band," frontman Billy Corgan told Rolling Stone magazine. "Next year will be, technically, our 30th year. So the fact that I've been in this band,...
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Greatest Hits: 10 Notable Episodes From The First 10 Years Of Dynasty Podcasts
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Back in summer of 2005, I launched Dynasty Podcasts as Chicago's first ever and longest-running music podcast. Over the last ten years, I've been fortunate enough to conduct interviews with some genuinely remarkable artists and industry figures from the Chicago music community. What follows are ten episodes of Dynasty Podcasts from the last ten years that stand out to me for one reason or another. From Metro owner Joe Shanahan to Flosstradamus to The Lawrence Arms and more. Enjoy! (Photo: Joe Mazza/BraveLux) Joe Shanahan (Metro Chicago) In 2012, Chicago's iconic Metro concert hall celebrated its 30th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Dynasty Podcasts visited venue founder and owner Joe Shanahan at a visual retrospective for the venue held in a Chicago Loop event space. Joined by graphic designer Ryne Estwing, Shanahan reflect on the venue's past three decades, recalling relationships with legacy artists like R.E.M. and The Smashing Pumpkins. For an enhanced version of this in...
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Legendary Singer David Bowie Dead At 69
Huffington Post - about 2 years
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Billy Corgan
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  • 2016
    In 2016, he characterized progressive political campaigners as "social justice warriors", compared them to Maoists, cult members and the Ku Klux Klan, and called them a threat to freedom of speech.
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    On September 8, 2016, Corgan announced via a Facebook live video, that he had recorded a new solo album with producer Rick Rubin, and it will consist of 12 or 13 tracks.
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    In August 2016, Corgan took over as the promotion's new president.
  • 2015
    Corgan's girlfriend, Chloe Mendel, gave birth to a son named Augustus Juppiter Corgan on November 16, 2015.
    He later joined Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2015, becoming its president in August 2016.
    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."
  • 2014
    In March 2014, it was reported that Corgan was in discussions with American television channel AMC to develop an unscripted reality series about Resistance Pro.
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  • 2012
    In 2012, he opened a tea house in his native Highland Park called Madame Zuzu's Tea House.
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  • 2011
    In 2011, Corgan formed an independent wrestling promotion called Resistance Pro.
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    In 2011, Corgan founded a Chicago-based indie pro-wrestling corporation called Resistance Pro Wrestling.
  • 2010
    He started dating Jessica Origliasso from The Veronicas in 2010 and was still dating her until early June 2012 when the pair broke up. "It's one of those things.
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    On August 26, 2010, Corgan took part in a professional wrestling storyline with wrestlers from the Mexican promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración, during a concert for MTV World Stage.
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    On April 26, 2010, Corgan appeared live on the SIRIUS Satellite Radio program Right After Wrestling with Arda Ocal to discuss his love for pro wrestling and the importance of unique theme songs for characters.
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    In 2009, Corgan was linked with pop star Jessica Simpson.
    In summer 2009, Corgan formed the band Spirits in the Sky to play a tribute concert to the late Sky Saxon of the Seeds.
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    Chamberlin left the band in March 2009, and Corgan elected to continue under the name.
  • 2008
    Corgan said after the 2008 presidential election, "I'm very proud of my country right now for doing the right thing."
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    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.
  • 2007
    Corgan and the rest of the Pumpkins toured extensively throughout 2007 and 2008, also releasing the EP American Gothic and the singles "G.L.O.W." and "Superchrist".
    The new album, titled Zeitgeist, was released in the U.S. on July 10, 2007, and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts.
  • 2005
    In 2005, Corgan dated musician Emilie Autumn for a number of months.
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    According to Corgan, his breakup with her contributed to the themes of his 2005 solo release, TheFutureEmbrace.
    He nevertheless described the circumstances of his marriage in his online Confessions in 2005.
    In 2005, Corgan took out a full-page ad in Chicago's two major newspapers (The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Sun-Times) revealing his desire to reform the Smashing Pumpkins.
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    Corgan toured behind his solo album with a touring band that included Linda Strawberry, Brian Liesegang and Matt Walker in 2005.
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  • 2004
    Also in 2004, he began a solo music career, landing on an electronic/shoegaze/alternative rock sound for his first solo album, TheFutureEmbrace, co-produced and arranged by Bon Harris of Nitzer Ebb.
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    In late 2004, Corgan published Blinking with Fists, a book of poetry.
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    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.
  • 2003
    On September 17, 2003 Billy first presented his poetry at the Art Institute of Chicago's Rubloff Auditorium.
    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.
  • 2002
    The quintet performed throughout 2002 and their debut album, Mary Star of the Sea, was released in early 2003 to generally positive reviews.
  • 2001
    Following a brief stint touring with New Order in the summer, Corgan reunited with Chamberlin to form the band Zwan with Corgan's old friend Matt Sweeney in late 2001.
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  • 2000
    In 2000, the band announced they would break up at the end of the year, and soon after released Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music free over the internet.
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    Strong album sales and large-scale tours propelled the band's increasing fame in the 1990s until their break-up in 2000.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    This shakeup, coupled with Corgan going through a divorce and the death of his mother, influenced the somber mood of the band's next album, 1998's Adore.
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  • 1995
    In late 1995, he started dating photographer Yelena Yemchuk, who later contributed to several Smashing Pumpkins videos and album art.
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    Corgan and Fabian separated in late 1995 and divorced in 1997.
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    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.
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  • 1993
    In 1993, he married his longtime on-again, off-again girlfriend Chris Fabian, art conservator and artist.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Corgan performed with Wayne Static in Static's first band Deep Blue Dream, in 1987/88.
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  • 1985
    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).
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    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.
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  • OTHER
  • 1967
    Born on March 17, 1967.
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