Billy Corgan plays new song inspired by the Highland Park Shooting

Splitting pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan debuted a new song called “Photograph” during a benefit show last night (July 27) at his teahouse Madame Zuzu’s in Chicago. The song was inspired by the tragic mass shooting that took place in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park during a Fourth of July parade earlier this month.

Corgan has lived in the Highland Park area of ​​Chicago, Illinois for about 20 years now and plays shows at his teahouse from time to time. During the live-streamed Together and Together Again benefit show he played for the Highland Park shooting victims, he performed part of his set with Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and touring bassist Sierra Swan, according to Stereo gum.

The singer also played part of the benefit show solo, performing some Smashing Pumpkins songs and debuting his song “Photograph.” “This is my reaction, I guess you could say, to what happened. I don’t know if it’s a good song or a bad song, but it definitely expresses the way I feel,” Corgan told viewers.

He then explained to the crowd: “So in the opening scene I’m explaining to someone that I found a photograph of us standing in the place where this horrible thing happened. It’s as simple as that, how something as simple as a photograph taken on a beautiful day right here at the ice cream shop, where sometimes we go for a fancy sorbet, and suddenly you look at a photograph and suddenly it has meaning. My God, we were in that place.”

“That’s what something like this does, it turns everything upside down,” says the singer. “Good things become bad, bad things become good. Simple things become complicated and complicated things suddenly have no meaning, certainly no resonance.”

Corgan then talked about a dream he had about the mass shooting and then played the new song, which was “directly inspired by the tragedy of the mass shooting.” The mass shooting left seven people dead and 48 people injured.

“To [the community]it’s been very heavy,” Corgan said, according to WGN-TV. “Just seeing the power of music to bring some energy into the room, make people laugh and clap along”.

You can listen to “Photograph” which is around the 1:37:00 mark of the live stream video of the show here. All proceeds from the live stream on The Smashing Pumpkins’ YouTube go to July 4 Highland Park Shooting Response Fund of Highland Park Community Fund. Corgan also debuted some other new songs during the benefit show, including “Scimitar” and “Like Lambs.”

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