|2-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER |
(Musician - Smashing Pumpkins)
*Appearing SATURDAY 5-7PM Only!
|Billy will be appearing Saturday, August 13th at the Judas Posters booth from 5-7PM! Billy, a lifelong fan of Professional Wrestling, will be appearing at Wizard World Chicago to support his new position as creative director for the brand new wrestling promotion RESISTANCE PRO. Wizard World Chicago will be the host to the official announcement as to what RESISTANCE plans on doing to change the face of Professional wrestling as we know it!|
William Patrick “Billy” Corgan, Jr. is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist 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. 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 in the 1990s, 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, then 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.
The new version of that band, consisting of Corgan & Chamberlin, and a revolving tour lineup, released an album in 2007 and followed it with extensive touring over the next year and a half. Chamberlin left the Smashing Pumpkins in March 2009. In summer 2009, Corgan formed the band Spirits in the Sky to play a tribute concert to the late Sky Saxon of the Seeds. He then toured with the band, composed of ex-Catherine member and “Superchrist” producer Kerry Brown, the late Electric Prunes bassist Mark Tulin, Strawberry Alarm Clock keyboardist Mark Weitz, frequent Corgan collaborator Linda Strawberry, flautist Kevin Dippold, “Superchrist” violinist Ysanne Spevack, new Pumpkins drummer Mike Byrne, and Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, playing covers and new Pumpkins material at several clubs in California. At the end of the tour, Corgan, Byrne, Tulin, and Brown headed back to Chicago to begin work on the new Smashing Pumpkins project, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. The current lineup, which includes new bassist Nicole Fiorentino, drummer Mike Byrne and guitarist Jeff Schroeder are now recording the “album-within-an-album” Oceania.