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Corgan: 'I Will Be The Boss'


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Rocker Billy Corgan warns his former Smashing Pumpkins bandmates they will have to accept he will be boss if they reform.

The DISARM star, who is hankering for a return to his Grammy Award-winning glory days, placed an advert in the CHICAGO TRIBUNE newspaper last month (21JUN05) asking D'ARCY WRETZKY, JAMES IHA and Jimmy Chamberlain to consider a reunion.

Corgan blames the collapse of his post-Pumpkins band Zwan on his inability to move on from his past success - but he warns his ex bandmates that he expects to call the shots if they do decide to turn back the clock on their careers.

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Corgan Moved On From Zwan


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Rocker Billy Corgan failed to keep his last group Zwan together because he couldn't move on from the success he shared with the Smashing Pumpkins.

Corgan formed Smashing Pumpkins in 1988 and the band went from strength to strength until finally splitting in 2000.

After the Pumpkins split, Corgan formed Zwan, but only managed one album before inter-group tension lead to the band's separation in September 2003.

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Corgan Plans To Reform The Smashing Pumpkins


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Rocker Billy Corgan has announced his intention to reunite THE SMASHING PUMPKINS for the first time since they split in 2000.

Corgan, who released his first solo album THEFUTUREEMBRACE in the US today (21JUN05), took out a full-page advertisement in this morning's CHICAGO TRIBUNE newspaper in which he speaks of his wish to regroup with bandmates JAMES IHA, D'ARCY WRETZKY and Jimmy Chamberlain.

Titled 'A Message To Chicago From Billy Corgan', the singer thanks his hometown for inspiring him as a musician over the last 17 years.

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Chamberlain: 'Zwan Were In The Wrong Place'


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Former Zwan drummer Jimmy Chamberlain blames the band's fall from grace on their failure to capture a faithful following.

Chamberlain - also a member of defunct outfit SMASHING PUMPKINS - admits Zwan's decision to support heavy rockers Iron Maiden confused fans of their commercially-themed album MARY STAR OF THE SEA.

He believes fans were further alienated by musical differences within the band - which ultimately led to their split after just two years together.

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Corgan Recording No Compromise Solo Album


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Former Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan frontman Billy Corgan is relishing recording his debut solo album - because there will be "no compromises".

Although the TODAY singer is planning to enlist the talents of a few famous friends, he's relieved musicians won't be interrupting the recording process with their opinions.

Writing on his website, Billy says, "I am excited to work on this music, because for the first time in my life it will be my tunes with no compromises to anyone or anything. It's gonna be loud and beautiful and poetic and dumb. Just the way I like it.

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Zwan Split


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Former SMASHING PUMPKINS star Billy Corgan has disbanded his critically acclaimed new group Zwan after just two years.

The singer/songwriter announced the group's demise earlier today (15SEP03), claiming he should never have called an end to his former project.

Corgan says, "I think my heart was in Smashing Pumpkins. I enjoyed my experience in Zwan, but in some cases I felt

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Corgan Gets Poetic


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After disbanding Smashing Pumpkins and struggling to keep his new band Zwan together, rocker Billy Corgan is turning to poetry.

The singer will give a multi-media performance of his writings to kick off the POETRY CENTER OF CHICAGO's 31st annual Reading

Series on 17 September (03).

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Corgan's Zwan In Trouble?


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Former SMASHING PUMPKINS star Billy Corgan is trying to keep his new band Zwan together after bassist PAZ LENCHANTIN announced he was quitting last week (ends08AUG03).

Lenchantin made the announcement through a note he posted on the simplypaz.com website.

Paz plans to join fellow Zwan member DAVID PAJO's Papa M project full-time for a new album and tour. Pajo is still planning to divide his time between ZWAN and his hobby band.

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Billy Corgan: In It For The Music


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Former Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan insists his new band Zwan will succeed because there are no "personalities" in the group this time.

The acclaimed musician tired of his old bandmates and their side projects detracting from the group's music, and vows that will not happen this time.

Billy declares, "The main distinction is that Zwan is only about music. It's not an art project or drama company or theatrical repertoire. Smashing Pumpkins always was that.

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Grohl Draws Santana Comparison


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FOO FIGHTERS singer Dave Grohl's heavy metal side project is similar in style to Latin rocker SANTANA - according to the gravel-voiced frontman himself.

Featuring Grohl, Zwan guitarist MATT SWEENEY and Foo Fighters producer ADAM KASPER, PROBOT have enlisted the help of metal vocalists to sing on the tracks, ranging from Motorhead's Lemmy to Napalm Death's LEE DORRIAN.

And despite being musical worlds apart - Grohl insists the album bares a likeness to Santana's hit record SUPERNATURAL.

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