Billy Corgan Biography
William Patrick Corgan was born on March 17, 1967, in Chicago, Illinois USA, he is indisputably among the most significant creative figures to have emerged from the American Alternative-Rock scene in the early '90s. He began playing guitar in his early teens and in the mid-80's formed his first band. It was in 1988 that Corgan forged the legendary The Smashing Pumpkins, the band sold more than 25 million albums and played more than 900 concerts in 30 countries; when the band broke up in 2000, Corgan acted as touring guitarist for New Order and two years later assembled a new project, Zwan, a short-lived outfit that released only one album.
Billy Corgan released his first solo album "The Future Embrace" in June 2005; the 12-song set which debuted at #31 on The Billboard 200 included guest appearences by Cure's Robert Smith and his longtime friend, former Pumpkins, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin; however the lead single off the CD, "Walking Shade", failed to chart.
Two years later Corgan and Chamberlin resurrected The Smashing Pumpkins name and released the album "Zeitgeist".