Billy Corgan

William " Billy" Corgan Patrick ( born March 17, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American guitarist for the indie rock scene. He is best known as a bandleader of the Smashing Pumpkins. He is owner of the Indi - wrestling league Resistance Pro Wrestling.

Musical career

The Smashing Pumpkins Corgan acts as a singer, guitarist and songwriter. Previously, he was lead singer of the band "The Marked" - owed ​​the name of one of the eye-catching time Corgan on his left arm. After the dissolution of the Smashing Pumpkins, Corgan founded in 2001 with the Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, the band Zwan, which was, however, already been dissolved in 2003 after the release of just one album that could not record the success of the Publications of the Smashing Pumpkins again.

Since the dissolution of Zwan, Billy Corgan is especially active as a solo artist, both literary and musical art The previously very closed and shy singer also took the initiative to put his life in the form of a blog on the internet and writes as it were, its online biography, which does not conceal very private details such as the dysfunctional relationship with his parents, suicidal ideation and disputes the Smashing Pumpkins. That he did in the United States continues to enjoy a wide fan base, for example, shows its appearance in 2005 of the highly successful and recognized show the entertainer David Letterman. Corgan announced on 22 June 2005 on his website as well as in a full-page ad in the Chicago Tribune that he wants to bring the " Pumpkins" back to life and I miss his old band. The decision to dissolve it, he referred to herein as the worst decision of his life.

The hallmark of Billy Corgan has always been its unique, unmistakable voice and since the third and most successful Pumpkins Mellon Collie album and the Infinite Sadness his bald head.

In the film Spun by Jonas Åkerlund, Billy Corgan has a short cameo appearance as a doctor ( with a record). Zwan has also contributed a large part to the soundtrack of this film.

In 2004, he released his first book: " Blinking With Fists " (a book of poetry ). The poems recall the thoughtful lyrics of Adore- era Pumpkins, however, partly oppressive sadness is gone and the anger -present in many songs (especially on Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and Machina / The Machines of God) is hardly anything to feel. But the melancholy and the unique way Billy Corgan to express thoughts and feelings, has remained.

On 20 June 2005 his first solo album was released, entitled The Future Embrace and the first single Walking Shade. From June to August 2005, he was with a band consisting of Matt Walker, Linda Strawberry and Brian Liesegang, on a world tour. His last two concerts were in Tokyo, Japan at Shibuya Hall on 4 and 5 August.

2007 was Billy Corgan guest singer at The Cross song on the album Humanity - Hour I Scorpions. Billy Corgan described the band as his biggest musical influence and Uli Roth as one of his role models.

On July 6, 2007, the Smashing Pumpkins released the album Zeitgeist. Five years later, in mid June 2012, then followed the new album Oceania, which was reacted favorably by music critics and is an " album in the album" under the " Teargarden -by Kaleidyscope " project.

Solo Discography



  • 2005: Walking Shade


Tribute album