Billy Corgan Exits Pro Wrestling Company, Writes Musical About Ancient Greece

Billy Corgan Exits Pro Wrestling Company, Writes Musical About Ancient Greece

A few years ago, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan helped launch Resistance Pro, a pro wrestling company based out of his hometown, Chicago. At one point, an AMC reality show about the promotion was even in the works. Now, his association with Resistance Pro has ended: Over the weekend, he tweeted that he’d “officially and unofficially” left the company:

For those interested, I’ve left RESISTANCE PRO WRESTLING, officially and unofficially. Details to follow in the coming weeks

— Billy Corgan (@Billy) November 15, 2014

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

— Billy Corgan (@Billy) November 15, 2014

He’s got other plans, though: The Chicago Tribune reported last month that Corgan has written a 20-minute musical about the abduction of Persephone and the Eleusinian Mysteries, which were a set of religious rites in ancient Greece. It’s called “Pretty Persephone”. The play will be staged in December by the Music Theatre Company of Highland Park.

Additionally, the Smashing Pumpkins have announced a handful of album release shows in advance of the forthcoming Monuments to an Elegy, which is out December 9. The band will be joined by drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine) and bassist Mark Stoermer (The Killers). Check out the list of dates below, with more to be added, including Chicago and San Francisco.

They’ll also appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on December 10. 

The Smashing Pumpkins:

11-30 Berlin, Germany – Kesselhaus
12-05 London, England – Koko’s
12-06 Paris, France – Le Trabendo
12-08 New York, NY – Webster Hall
12-14 Los Angeles, CA – KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas
03-14-15 Santiago, Chile – Lollapalooza
03-21-22 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Lollapalooza
03-28-29 Sao Paolo, Brazil – Lollapalooza

Here’s “Tiberius”, which appears on the new album: 

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