We all know Billy Corgan as the frontman of alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins. He formed the Chicago-based band way back in 1988 together with rhythm guitarist James Iha, bassists D’arcy Wretzky and Melissa Auf der Maur, and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. Smashing Pumpkins finally broke the musical mainstream after they released their second album called Siamese Dream in 1993. Before that, they were often labelled as the next Nirvana, next Jane’s Addiction, and the next Pearl Jam. Today, Smashing Pumpkins is considered as one of the most successful alternative bands in the world. Despite the saddening disbandment, Billy Corgan never gave up and revived Smashing Pumpkins together with Jimmy Chamberlin in 2006, who unfortunately left the band in 2009. Billy Corgan is now busy making music together with new Smashing Pumpkins members Jeff Schroeder, Nicole Fiorentino, and Mike Byrne.
Aside from producing new songs and touring, Billy Corgan is also busy being active in community bingo and fighting for animal rights. He hosts monthly bingo events at Madame Zuzu’s, which is a small teahouse in Chicago. In an interview with Wall Street Journal, Corgan said “I think stuff like this forces commonality and I like that.” His band mate Nicole Fiorentino also added that the wholesome activity created an entertaining and inclusive atmosphere in the community of Illinois. Other celebrities have turned to bingo for a good cause either through fundraising or building better relationship in the community. These celebrities usually promote their events via their personal website or Foxy Bingo’s Twitter account to attract more bingo enthusiasts.
From hosting community bingo events, Corgan decided to fight for various animal rights together with PETA. He already worked with this organization in the past having participated in the Free Mali and Kentucky Fried Cruelty campaigns. His latest plea was for CPK (California Pizza Kitchen) to stop patronizing cheese suppliers that practice barbaric methods on calves.
Indeed, Billy Corgan is not just any rockstar, but also an inspiration to many people because of his passion for music and for helping make this world a better place.