Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan hosts benefit show for Highland Park shooting victims

Billy Corgan is mobilizing for his community. The Smash pumpkins The singer and his partner Chloe Mendel announced Thursday that they are hosting a live charity show to benefit victims of the July 4 shootings in Highland Park, Illinois.

“About a week ago we had the horrific tragedy here on the 4th of July that claimed so many lives and injured so many people and really affected us as a community,” said the rocker, who has lived in Highland Park for about 20 years. in an Instagram video. “So what we want to do on the evening of July 27 is we’re going to have a very special charity concert. Jimmy Chamberlin is going to be part of the gig, other parts of the Pumpkins family.

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“There are so many people here affected by this tragedy,” Corgan concluded. “It’s very close to our hearts and we hope you will participate and support as well.”

The show, titled ‘Together and Together Again’, will take place at the couple’s herbal tea house, Madame Zuzu’s, in Highland Park. It will stream live at 8 p.m. CT on the Smashing Pumpkins YouTube channel for free, where viewers can donate. In addition to performances by Corgan and Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, jazz saxophonist Frank Catalano is expected to participate. Other special guests will be announced, according to Corgan.

All proceeds from the show will benefit the Highland Park Community Foundation and will also be donated to the organization’s 4th of July Highland Park Shooting Response Fund.

Corgan and Mendel live in Highland Park, where they raise their two young children and run Madame Zuzu’s. The teahouse is located on the main strip of Highland Park, where a 21-year-old man shot and killed seven people, injuring dozens more, during the Independence Day parade.

Watch Corgan and Mendel’s announcement below.

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