Billy Corgan (born March 17th 1967)
Billy Corgan is the frontman of Chicago rock band The Smashing Pumpkins.
Net worth: Billy Corgan has a net worth of $50 million according to Celebrity Net Worth (2015).
Career: Billy Corgan formed The Smashing Pumpkins with guitarist James Iha in 1987 after they met in a record store. They soon enlisted bassist D'arcy Wretzky after arguing with her at a show and later drummer Jimmy Chamberlin.
They released debut album 'Gish' in 1991, and went multi-platinum with 1993's 'Siamese Dream' featuring the hits 'Today' and 'Disarm'. During this time, Corgan was repeatedly thought of as a control freak over the band's music.
Third album 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness' was nominated for seven Grammys, with their song '1979' topping the US chart. In 1996, the band went through a string of difficulties following the drug-induced death of keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin. Chamberlin was dismissed from the band for his heroin problem, and Corgan struggled a lot with personal issues such as his divorce and his mother's death. It was dark times such as these that mellowed out their next album 'Adore' in 1998.
Chamberlin briefly returned to the band, but after their 2000 albums 'Machina/The Machines of God' and 'Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music', they split for the first time.
Corgan played in New Order before teaming up with Chamberlin for a new band named Zwan, featuring Matt Sweeney, David Pajo and Paz Lenchantin. Their debut album 'Mary Star of the Sea' was released in 2002 but they soon split the following year.
In 2004, he went solo with an album entitled 'TheFutureEmbrace', but by 2005, The Smashing Pumpkins had reformed releasing their next album 'Zeitgeist' in 2007. 'Oceania' came in 2012, followed by 2014's 'Monuments to an Elegy'.
Other achievements: In 2004, Billy Corgan published his poetry book 'Blinking with Fists'.
In 2011, he foundered wrestling promotion company Resistance Pro, promoting the business in a Walter E. Smithe Furniture commercial. The following year he also opened Madame Zuzu's Tea House.
In 2015, he became the Senior Producer of Creative and Talent Development for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
Personal life: Billy Corgan grew up in Chicago with his brother Ricky, and guitarist father William Corgan Sr. and mother Martha who divorced when Billy was three. By his claims, he was abused by his stepmother when he lived with his father, but he and his brother continued to live with her despite both parents living close by.
A top sports player since elementary school, Corgan developed an interest in baseball when he went to Marquardt Middle School, but he abandoned sport at Glenbard North High School to focus on playing guitar instead.
He decided against college in favour of becoming a full time musician, and joined his first big band after moving to Florida in 1985 entitled The Marked. He later returned to Chicago and even spent a short time in Wayne Static's first band Deep Blue Dream.
Corgan has suffered from depression; including self-harm and OCD; for a long time and speaks out on behalf of many charities supporting those like him.
He supports baseball team the Chicago Cubs, basketball's Chicago Bulls and ice hockey's Chicago Blackhawks. He also enjoys watching wrestling and even owns his own company named Resistance Pro.
While Corgan's faith remains unclear, he has expressed interest in both Catholicism and Buddhism.
He married artist Chris Fabian in 1993 though they divorced in 1997. Among his other relationships were Yelena Yemchuk from 1995 to 2004, Emilie Autumn in 2005, Jessica Simpson in 2009 and Jessica Origliasso from The Veronicas between 2010 and 2012. He also had a tempestuous relationship with Courtney Love, even before his marriage to Fabian, and while he lived with her for a time in 2006 they have frequently argued with several rather nasty spats via Twitter.
Corgan is a pescetarian.
Corgan made the comments during an appearance on Alex Jones’ radio show.
Billy Corgan, frontman for The Smashing Pumpkins has compared what he calls ‘social justice warriors’ to the Ku Klux Klan, in an interview with radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. During the interview Corgan lashed out at the ‘hashtag generation,’ saying they were a threat to freedom of speech.
Billy Corgan has likened ‘social justice warriors’ to KKK members.
When asked how he thought ‘social justice warriors’ could be stopped Corgan said: "Well, there's two schools of thought: One is, they're gone. They're Maoists. They have the Little Red Book in their hand. You're not gonna get them back.”
Billy Corgan is never one to mince his words.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has delivered a scathing attack on the music industry, claiming it's run "by feckless idiots". During an interview with CNBC, Corgan said the tech world was "blowing music out of the water."
Billy Corgan says the music industry is run by "feckless idiots"
"[They] do not subscribe to the normal tenets of capitalism. Which when they do, the business tends to work out well: stars rise to the top, everybody benefits. But it's still a parochial business, run by fiefdoms" he said.
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Billy Corgan and Colonel David W. Sutherland - A variety of stars were photographed as they attended the Live Nation National Concert Day 2015 Summer Spotlight event which was held at the Irving Plaza in New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 5th May 2015
Billy Corgan is heading to the world of wrestling.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has been appointed senior producer of creative and talent development at TNA Wrestling. Corgan said he was putting his "deep-rooted passion for pro wrestling" and three decades of experience in the entertainment industry to good use.
Smashing Pumpkins man Billy Corgan is heading to TNA Wrestling
"Saying I'm humbled and honoured by this opportunity to be part of TNA, a world-class wrestling organisation, is an understatement and a dream come true," Corgan said. "The entire TNA organisation stands in full support of my music life with the Smashing Pumpkins."
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Corgan spoke to 'The Howard Stern Show' while plugging the release of the Pumpkins' new album 'Monuments to an Elegy'.
Talking during a radio interview on ‘The Howard Stern Show’, Corgan dismissed grunge titans Pearl Jam as “derivative”, claiming that it’s a “mystery” to him how they have managed to keep up their status as a huge arena-filling band “because I just don’t get it”.
Billy Corgan criticised his '90s contemporaries Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters in a radio interview
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Check out Smashing Pumpkins new single 'Being Beige' ahead of their upcoming album release.
Just in time for Christmas, the Smashing Pumpkins will be releasing their eighth album 'Monuments To An Elegy'; the first of two albums within the space of the year, and the second instalment of their 'Teargarden by Kaleidyscope' album trilogy project.
Smashing Pumpkins on their way with eighth album
The album follows up their 2012 offering 'Oceania'; a definite success for the band which scored highly positive reviews all round; and is led by their newest single 'Being Beige'. The first of two albums so far for their new label BMG, 'Monuments To An Elegy' will be quickly followed up by 'Day for Night'. The idea was originally thought out as a double album, but frontman Billy Corgan later decided it would work better for the fans as single releases, which, according to him, 'in itself changed the process, writing and review'.
An entertaining but hideous romp on the circus side of crystal meth addiction, "Spun" wants to be another "Trainspotting" and/or "Requiem for a Dream." Inundated with trip-cam trickery that keeps the audience riding the ups and downs of the main character's drug buzzes, the film is nothing if not stylish, but falls short for lack of depth.
Music video guru and first-time feature director Jonas Akerlund makes liberal use of the disorienting, grainy, washed-out look of bleach-bypass photography. When Ross -- a downward-spiraling college dropout (played by Jason Schwartzman of "Rushmore" fame) on the leading edge of addiction but still clinging to his letter-jacket memories -- takes a hit of speed, the movie's tempo is fed a brief burst of shaky acceleration. A rapid montage of sensory-assault, nervous-tension images dance across the screen, sometimes in the form of cinematic hyper-awareness (e.g., fish-eye lens ultra-close-ups of chapped lips, bloodshot eyes and nervous-ticking fingers), sometimes in the form of animated, soddenly pornographic hallucinations.
The world of "Spun" is an acutely realized day-lit underground of ghetto shacks and combustible meth labs in cheap, airless hotel rooms (greatly enhanced by a hip-trippy score from the Smashing Pumpkin's Billy Corgan) in which all the characters seem acquiescently ensnared.
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Date of birth
17th March, 1967