Doors open at 7pm
An intimate evening with William Patrick Corgan as he performs songs from his newest solo album, OGILALA (produced by Rick Rubin), as well as a second set spanning works from his earliest days through The Smashing Pumpkins and beyond.
"5 Years-After almost 4 months of not even touching my guitar once, I am at the literal 'crossroads'...I am flat broke, somewhat living off the grace of my new girlfriend, and going nowhere fast...my dreams of instant success in music have all come crashing down, and I am starting to believe that whatever 'it' is that one must have, I just don't have it..." from Billy Corgan's confessions
As the guitarist/singer/head-songwriter for the Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan was one of alt-rock's leaders and focal points for much of the '90s. With each subsequent album (1993's classic Siamese Dream, 1995's double-album Mellon Collie), the Pumpkins grew in popularity, until they were one of rock's top dogs by the mid- to late '90s. A very proficient songwriter, Corgan contributed Pumpkins songs to movie soundtracks (Singles, Lost Highway, Batman & Robin), supplied the musical score for such movies as Stigmata and Ransom, and produced albums for such other artists as Ric Ocasek, Hole, and Catherine. After the Pumpkins split in 2000, many assumed Corgan would automatically pursue a solo career, but shortly after playing several shows with New Order as a sideman/guitarist in the summer of 2001, Corgan announced his next project would be a new band. Called Zwan, the group featured Corgan joined by former bandmate Chamberlin on drums, as well as Matt Sweeney (from Chavez) on guitar and David Pajo (Papa M/Slint) on bass. Pajo soon moved over to guitar with the additional of bassist Paz Lenchantin (formerly of A Perfect Circle), and the quintet released their debut album, Mary Star of the Sea, in January 2003. However, in September of 2003, Zwan disbanded under somewhat cloudy circumstances, and Billy Corgan announced that he would finally take the plunge as a solo artist. ~ Greg Prato & Steve Bekkala, All Music Guide