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As the guitarist/singer/head-songwriter for the Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan was one of alt-rock's leaders and focal points for much of the '90s. Born on March 17, 1967, in Elk Grove, IL, Corgan's first true exposure to music came from his father, Bill Corgan, Sr., who was a blues guitarist. After his parents divorced at an early age, Corgan moved from one relative to the next, and by age 14, he began playing guitar himself (citing such hard rock bands as Cheap Trick and Van Halen as important early influences). In 1985, Corgan formed his first real band, a goth metal group called the Marked. After gigging around the Chicago area, the Marked soon relocated from Illinois to St. Petersburg, FL, in pursuit of greener musical pastures. However, the change of scenery did little to improve the group's fortunes, and so the Marked disbanded and Corgan moved back north, into his father's house in Chicago.

In 2001, Corgan formed Zwan with Chamberlin and guitarists Matt Sweeney and David Pajo, with former A Perfect Circle bassist Paz Lenchantin joining in 2002. Zwan's focus on sunny, melodic pop-rock surprised fans and critics, and its album Mary Star of the Sea (written in and inspired by Key West, Florida), garnered generally positive reviews. In March 2003, Corgan and Chamberlin performed with Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling at 'The Waltz', an annual benefit for homeless and abused teenagers. Together, they performed a version of Jimi Hendrix's 'Freedom'. During an interview with WGN-9 on September 15 that same year, Corgan announced that Zwan had officially disbanded.
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On February 17, 2004, Corgan posted a bitter message on his blog in which he blamed guitarist James Iha for the sudden breakup of The Smashing Pumpkins four years prior. He also referred to bassist D'arcy Wretzky as 'a mean spirited drug addict.' On June 3, 2004 he posted an apology of sorts to Iha, writing that 'i love [Iha] very, very much...the depth of my hurt is only matched by the depth of my gratitude'.

In another recent post, Corgan insulted his former Zwan bandmates, claiming they had been obnoxiously self-conscious about their 'indie cred' to the point of hurting those around them. Poking fun at their indie stance, he called them 'poseurs'. Sounding both enraged and hurt, he declared them to be 'filthy', opportunistic, and selfish.

Even through two band break-ups, Corgan and Chamberlin remain very good friends to this day. Corgan has made a guest appearance on Chamberlin's solo album Life Begins Again under the name The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex.

Corgan published Blinking with Fists, a book of poetry, in late 2004. Blinking with Fists debuted on the New York Times' Best Seller list. It was also the best-selling poetry book in the United States in its first week of release. Corgan is currently pursuing a solo career and is to have his first solo album 'TheFutureEmbrace' released on 20th June 2005 internationally and a day later in the US.

In addition to performing, Corgan has produced albums for Ric Ocasek, Hole, The Frogs, and Catherine. He wrote the song 'Eye' for the movie Lost Highway (1997) and has produced three soundtracks for the movies Ransom (1996), Stigmata (1999) and Spun (2002). He has performed vocals and guitar for New Order and Marianne Faithfull. Billy was also featured on Blindside's 2004 album About a Burning Fire, in the song Hooray, It's LA.
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