Watch Billy Corgan join porn for Pyros to cover Led Zeppelin

Splitting pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan joined fellow ’90s rockers Porno for Pyros at Lollapalooza for a rendition of Led Zeppelin‘s “When the Levee Breaks.”

The surprise collaboration came towards the end of Porno to Pyros’ set. The group — which replaced Perry Farrell‘s better known band, Jane’s addictionon the Lollapalooza lineup – included nine songs in their set as they welcomed Corgan to the stage.

“I love you all, Chicago,” Farrell declared to the crowd. “We have a very dear friend, Billy Corgan, who we found together [with]. Reunited this time. We want to make you a proper Chicago song together, is that cool?”

The musicians then went through an emphatic rendition of “When the Levee Breaks”, with Farrell handling vocals while Corgan joined in on guitar. The Delta blues number was originally written in 1929 and recorded by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie, but it was made famous in 1971 when Led Zeppelin released their version on Led Zeppelin IV.

Watch footage of the Lollapalooza performance below (Corgan’s performance begins at 37:38).

The festival collaboration concluded a busy week for both artists. Corgan, a Chicago native, hosted a benefit concert on July 27 to support the victims of the July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park. During the event, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman premiered “Photograph,” a new song inspired by the tragedy. The singer explained that he had found a picture of himself “standing on the very spot where this terrible thing happened”, which made him see the picture in a completely different way. “Good things become bad, bad things become good, simple things become complicated,” he noted, describing how the song came together.

Farrell also performed at the benefit event, joining Corgan for a rendition of Jane’s Addiction’s 1988 hit “Jane Says.”

Smashing Pumpkins and Jane’s Addiction are scheduled to go on the road together this fall Spirits on Fire tour.

Watch Porno for Pyros perform at Lollapalooza 2022

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