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A message to Chicago from Billy Corgan. [Jun. 21st, 2005|08:14 am]
Billy Corgan
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Today is a special day in my life as it marks the release of my very first solo album 'TheFutureEmbrace'. For over 17 years I have been proud to represent Chicago as an artist through my words and music, and am continually humbled by the undying love that I have been shown from this city as one of its native sons. I'd like to take this moment to address all that is going on in my musical life, from the new album and the current tour, to the future of The Smashing Pumpkins.

I had the opportunity to record 'TheFutureEmbrace' CD here in Chicago, and its embers bear witness to this town's unique soul. I have done my very best to create something fresh and exciting to listen to, and I hope you get the chance to check it out. Having just returned from a tour of Europe, I am now set to play 18 additional dates in North America, beginning tomorrow in Atlanta. After that we head to Japan, and then Australia and New Zealand for the first time since 1998.

'TheFutureEmbrace' is an album of hope, and represents fully my desire to make music to stand and to fight for. Encouraged by the musical progress of the record, I have already begun writing new songs for a subsequent solo album I hope to start by the end of this year. Plans are still in the works to finish my 'ChicagoSongs' DVD, a group of songs about the city. I'm also in the process of writing my life story on-line, updated almost daily and not so ironically entitled 'The Confessions of Billy Corgan'. It truly has been a creative time for me, with many new revelations.

Many have assumed that the decisions I have made over the last few years have been to try to get away from something. But what I have been really trying to do is find that same kid again, the one who believed he could change the world with a song. There is an old saying that goes "you can't go home again," but I believe that your home is wherever your heart lies.

When I played the final Smashing Pumpkins show on the night of December 2, 2000, I walked off the Metro stage believing that I was forever leaving a place of my life behind. I naively tried to start a new band, but found that my heart wasn't in it. I moved away to pursue a love that I once had but got lost. So I moved back home to heal what was broken in me, and to my surprise I found what I was looking for. I found that my heart is in Chicago, and that my heart is in The Smashing Pumpkins.

For a year now I have walked around with a secret, a secret I chose to keep. But now I want you to be among the first to know what I have made plans to renew and revive The Smashing Pumpkins. I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams. In this desire I feel I have come home again.

'TheFutureEmbrace' represents a new beginning, not an ending. It picks up the thread of the as-yet-unfinished work and charter of The Smashing Pumpkins. I know this city gave me the gift of music, and it is my honor to share this love that I have with you from the bottom of my heart. There is still so much work to do, and as always, so little time!

Rock on and may God bless you!
Billy Corgan

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[User Picture]From: sugarpuss
2005-06-21 01:22 pm (UTC)
thank god. it's about time.

i'm so glad the pumpkins are coming back.

and my boyfriend is having epileptic fits of joy, hence why i am posting this for both of us.
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[User Picture]From: ruledbymercury
2005-06-21 01:24 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'm getting teary-eyed right here in my office. This is an amazing day.
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[User Picture]From: jenever
2005-06-21 03:20 pm (UTC)
meee toooo! hehe
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[User Picture]From: peter_hill
2005-06-21 01:26 pm (UTC)
awesome!! :)

sterling work sir.

xx
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[User Picture]From: empty_metaphor
2005-06-21 01:27 pm (UTC)
absolutely mind numbing
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[User Picture]From: _moleasskiss
2005-06-21 01:28 pm (UTC)
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: snlwannabe
2005-06-21 01:38 pm (UTC)
WOAHHHHHHHHHHH.

Billy Corgan, you are incredible.
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[User Picture]From: snlwannabe
2005-06-21 02:09 pm (UTC)
And...

Billy Corgan, are you psyched??????????????!!!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: sweetunknown
2005-06-21 01:39 pm (UTC)
yeehaw! cowboy bill rides again...
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[User Picture]From: shelly_4
2005-06-21 01:43 pm (UTC)
Yay! *happy dance*
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From: shmazzy
2005-06-21 01:44 pm (UTC)
It's funny that I've wished for the Pumpkins to come back, but I've always figured, 'Well, I know that's not gonna happen.' Although I'm stoked, I'm left with a huge question mark looming over my head.
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[User Picture]From: linzznil
2005-06-21 02:04 pm (UTC)
Mhmm.. and you wonder, even if it does, could it ever be the same?
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From: troismaux
2005-06-21 01:46 pm (UTC)
Get the Chicago Tribune today. It's a full page spread with one of the pictures he has on his myspace page.
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[User Picture]From: sugarpuss
2005-06-21 01:56 pm (UTC)
it's viewable at the chicago tribune website after you register (for free).
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[User Picture]From: thelemalove93
2005-06-21 01:46 pm (UTC)

A Happy Chicago Fan

First and foremost, thank you for always keeping Chicago in your heart, we love you for that! Secondly, I am absolutely elated that the Pumpkins are getting back together, but Billy, I will love you whether you are alone or with the Pumpkins. Thank you for keeping music alive in this great city!

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From: billyc_lover
2005-06-21 01:53 pm (UTC)

*peed my pants*

i think i just shit myself too iam so happy i cant wait this is the bes day ever i really hope billys dreams come true again.good luck
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[User Picture]From: lolahoneybee
2005-06-21 01:53 pm (UTC)
my eyes just welled up when i read that....i kinda feel like i'm gonna throw up a little bit...it's like desperately wanting something for 5 years and then having someone tell you that you're going to get it.
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From: czk
2005-06-21 01:57 pm (UTC)
am i the only one wondering where this entry originally came from?

i cant seem to find it on his website or myspace or wherever...
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[User Picture]From: sugarpuss
2005-06-21 01:58 pm (UTC)
check the chicago tribune's website. you can register for free, and it's on the front page.
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[User Picture]From: linzznil
2005-06-21 02:03 pm (UTC)
OHHHHH MYYYYY GODDDDDDD..!!!!

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D: D::D :D: D:D :D: D::
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