Billy Corgan

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Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan live in Cologne, June 11, 2005.
Billy Corgan live in Cologne, June 11, 2005.
Background information
Birth name William Patrick Corgan, Jr.
Born March 17th, 1967 (age 50)
Origin Elk Grove Village, Illinois
Genre(s) Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, author
Instrument(s) Guitar, keyboard, piano, mellotron, bass, sitar, harmonica
Years active 1985–present
Label(s) Caroline Records, Virgin Records, Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records
Associated acts The Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan, Spirits in the Sky, The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, Starchildren, The Marked
Website Official MySpace
Notable instrument(s)
Fender Stratocaster


Billy Corgan is the frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins.

Corgan is thanked in the credits of Mechanical Animals and acted as creative consultant on the album. He also performed the backing vocals on "The Speed of Pain". Corgan and Manson were briefly friends, but Manson stated in an interview with i-D magazine that "Billy and I aren't really friends anymore", though he remained full of plaudits for the Chicago songwriter during the interview, calling him "a great artist" and "one of the most talented musicians I've ever worked with." The friendship between Corgan and Manson was shown again at the Australian music festival Soundwave when on the festivals second day in Sydney, The Smashing Pumpkins ended their concert performing their song "Ava Adore" with Manson on co-vocals. Billy Corgan himself had said in Soundwave interviews before hand that him and Manson are "pals".

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