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Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Opening Chicago Tea House

Despite all his rage he is still just a ... tea house barista?

After various construction issues delayed the opening several months, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has announced that his new Chinese tea house Madam Zuzu's will open its doors on Thursday (Sept. 13) in his hometown of Chicago. Corgan will celebrate the opening Thursday with a few acoustic performances in the new space, although he hasn't announced what time he'll be hitting the stage.

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Billy Corgan Planning Memoir, New Smashing Pumpkins Album

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is rarely at a loss for words, and he’s clearly not shy about sharing his thoughts — so it comes as no surprise that he’s working on a memoir.

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Smashing Pumpkins Announce Fall 2012 Tour Dates

Smashing Pumpkins‘ latest album, ‘Oceania,’ is a Top 5 hit — and Billy Corgan and company are doing their part to bring the music to fans, putting together a healthy run of tour dates that will keep them on the road for most of the rest of the year.

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Billy Corgan Says Soundgarden Reunion Is for the Money

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has been talking trash about just everyone in music this year, and now beloved grunge goliaths Soundgarden are no exception.

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Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Gushes About Metal Favorites

Smashing Pumpkins’ music is all over the map — they touch on everything from psych rock and electronica to folk-tinged indie pop, sometimes — but frontman Billy Corgan isn’t shy to say that head-banging metal has always been a major influence. But while he personally is very vocal about the hard-hitting tunes he’s into, he feels that metal as a whole doesn’t get the respect that it deserves in the alternative community.

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Billy Corgan Wants a Smashing Pumpkins Song Played at His Funeral

This might sound a bit morbid, but Smashing Pumpkins‘ singer Billy Corgan, who just issued ‘Oceania,’ knows which song he would like to have played at his funeral. Turns out it’s one of the singer-guitarist’s own tunes. That’s not really surprising, given the depth and breadth of the Pumpkins’ expansive catalog of alt rock hits, which dominated the airwaves in the ’90s. So which one did he choose?

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Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan ‘Disappointed in America’

Billy Corgan’s war of words against, oh, pretty much everything continues. This time, while appearing last week (June 29) on CNN’s ‘Piers Morgan Tonight,’ the Smashing Pumpkins‘ auteur set his sights on the American public, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Smashing Pumpkins Frontman Billy Corgan Dishes on Alice in Chains, Nirvana + Eddie Vedder

In a recent interview, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan offered his take on the grunge explosion of the ’90s both praising and criticizing bands such as Alice in ChainsNirvana and Pearl Jam.

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XFactor1 Vs. The Smashing Pumpkins – Cockfight

BillCo and crew take on XFactor1 in our new music showdown known as The Cockfight. The rules are simple: listen to the songs and vote for the one you like best. Winner stays, loser hits the trash bin.

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Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Defends Axl Rose’s Decision to Reject Rock Hall Induction

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has been spitting a ton of venom lately while doing interviews for the release of the band’s latest album, ‘Oceania.’ Whether declaring his desire to “piss on Radiohead” or calling former guitarist James Iha a “piece of s–t,” Corgan hasn’t been holding back in the least. In one of his most recent interviews, Corgan took the time to defend Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose and his decision to reject a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

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The Smashing Pumpkins, ‘Oceania’ – Album Review

The Smashing Pumpkins are back with a new album, ‘Oceania,’ the first full-length effort featuring their current lineup. While it’s certainly no ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,’ the disc showcases a more focused vision than was present with 2007′s ‘Zeitgeist.’ Mostly absent are the moments of ‘Guitar Hero’ bravado Corgan so abundantly supplied on their last album and in their place are more structured, fully realized tunes that deliver mixed results.

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Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Calls James Iha a ‘Piece of S**t’ + Claims Jimmy Chamberlin Lied

On the eve of opening a new chapter for the Smashing Pumpkins with the release of  ‘Oceania,’ frontman Billy Corgan offers his thoughts on his former bandmates, calling one “just a piece of s—” and claiming that another lied about the circumstances surrounding his departure from the band.

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