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William Patrick "Billy" Corgan, Jr. (born March 17, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional poet who is, along with James Iha, a founding member of The Smashing Pumpkins. Corgan started playing shows around Chicago, Illinois with guitarist James Iha, and a drum machine in 1987. The project quickly gained steam with the addition of bassist D'arcy Wretzky and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. In three years, The Smashing Pumpkins had transformed themselves into a major label success. Strong album sales and large-scale tours propelled the band's increasing fame, while Chamberlin's drug problems escalated until he had to be fired. The Pumpkins continued as a three-piece until Chamberlin rejoined the band in 1999, and the band broke up in 2000. Corgan started a new band with Chamberlin right away, called Zwan, and after their demise he released a solo album and a collection of poetry before setting his sights on reforming the Smashing Pumpkins.
December 31, 2010
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has launched an attack against major record labels, claiming that they have taken the excitement out of music. The singer said he believed labels needed to take more risks and suggested that they had failed to keep up with record buyers. Read more
October 6, 2010
The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan played a new song during an intimate acoustic gig in France last week. Corgan performed the track, entitled 'Jesus Needs A Hit', for a small group of fans in a bookshop in Paris. Read more
July 23, 2010
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has said he can’t remember collapsing on stage at a gig in Florida. The singer is reported to have appeared dizzy, before falling into a drum riser as he performed at Ritz Ybor in Tampa on Wednesday (July 21). Read more
March 11, 2010
Billy Corgan has criticised John Mayer for his comparing his relationship with Jessica Simpson to “crack cocaine” and “sexual napalm.” The Smashing Pumpkins lynchpin, who is close 'friends' with Simpson, believes that Mayer should have kept his “mouth shut” instead of speaking candidly about his former partner. Read more
January 14, 2010
Rumoured celebrity couple Jessica Simpson and Billy Corgan are making sweet music together. Oh yes. Photographer friend Kristin Burns uploaded a photograph onto Twitter yesterday of the couple in the recording studio, writing: “in the studio snap of @jessicasimpson and @billy working on a song...” Read more
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