Billy Corgan Leaves Wrestling, Plans Musical About Ancient Greece
Fans of wrestling and the Smashing Pumpkins best ready themselves for the infinite sadness: Billy Corgan tweeted that he's severed ties with Resistance Pro Wrestling, an organization he co-founded in 2011.
But he's actually trading one Greek obsession for another. His next project? A 20-minute musical about religious rites in ancient Greece.
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
In an interview with Businessweek in 2012 -- wonderfully headlined, "From Smashing Pumpkins to Smashing Heads" -- Corgan suggested wrestling and music go hand in hand. "I was attracted to wrestling as a child because there was something larger than life about it, which was also what attracted me to rock 'n' roll," Corgan said.
"If you're looking for the genuinely subversive and spontaneous," he added at the time, "wrestling is where it's at. In my 25 years of playing in music, I've seen where rock 'n' roll has really been codified in a really lame way. It's ruled by a bunch of nerds with laptops... [wrestling] still gives me that feeling of anything can happen, where in my business, it's f---ing boring."
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
But maybe the nerds took over wrestling, too, because Corgan has split.
He's now focused on a very different project: The Chicago Tribune reports he's "writing a 20-minute musical" based on "a religious rite in Ancient Greece." If you're looking for the subversive and the spontaneous, theater is where it's at.
Just in case that doesn't work out, the Smashing Pumpkins have another album on the way.