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Billy Corgan quits wrestling, Smashing Pumpkins become a supergroup of sorts for Euro shows

By | Published on Wednesday 19 November 2014

Billy Corgan

Billy Corgan has quit professional wrestling. Both officially and unofficially. And not a moment too soon, because he’s got plenty of other stuff to be getting on with. Like a London show with a new celeb-heavy Smashing Pumpkins line-up.

Corgan tweeted earlier this week: “For those interested, I’ve left Resistance Pro Wrestling, officially and unofficially. Details to follow in the coming weeks. And though this is by no means a way to reach them, I’d like to thank the talented wrestlers, managers, and valets I’ve worked with”.

Good work, valets. You can all have a signed copy of the new Smashing Pumpkins album, ‘Monuments To An Elegy’, which is out on 8 Dec. Just say I said it was OK.

To promote the album, the Smashing Pumpkins will play four shows in Europe. And this won’t just be one of those ‘Billy Corgan and some people you don’t recognise’ Smashing Pumpkins shows. No. Joining Corgan and some guy called Jeff Schroeder will be Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk and Mark Stoermer of The Killers on bass.

A London show is going to happen at Koko on 5 Dec. Tickets are on sale now at this link. Here’s a song they might play, the latest track to be released from ‘Monuments To An Elegy’, called ‘Tiberius’: