Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan shows off surprising new look at solo show

Publish Date
Wednesday, 9 February 2022, 7:02AM
Jonathan Weiner

Jonathan Weiner

Smashing Pumpkins may not have any immediate touring plans, but Billy Corgan's been keeping himself busy with solo acoustic shows at his Chicago tea house Madame Zuzu's. Over the weekend, he played two such shows, where he showed off a new look: a bushy gray beard.

But his physical appearance wasn't the only surprise the singer-songwriter had in store for fans. He also dusted off some deep cuts from a couple of his bands, including Zwan's “W.P.” and “I Know My Time Is Coming Round” for the first time since 2001/2002 and the unreleased Zwan-era “El-A-Noy” for the first time since 2015. He also played the Smashing Pumpkins songs “By Starlight” off Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the Teargarden By Kaleidyscope track “Widow Wake My Mind,” both for the first time since 2012.

This performance follows an emotional set in December that Corgan played just days after his father's death. “The show goes on, that’s what my father believed in,” he said.

“I had a very long, crazy, complicated relationship with my father," Corgan reflected in a video message before the show. "On the bright side of it all, he inspired me to be the musician that I am. He made me be way better than I would’ve ever been without him. He was a fantastic musician and a great teacher in his own way. Probably the greatest blessing on that note is that in the beginning he didn’t really understand what I was doing musically, and then he came around and became my biggest fan and supporter."

Watch Corgan dust off deep cuts below.

This article was first published on iheart.com and is republished here with permission