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SMASHING PUMPKINS MASTERMIND AND ROCK INNOVATOR
BILLY CORGAN JOINS TNA WRESTLING
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 27, 2015) --- TNA Entertainment today announced Billy Corgan, founder of the Smashing Pumpkins and creative icon, is joining TNA Wrestling as Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development, effective immediately. In this position, Corgan will develop characters and create story lines for TNA’s flagship program IMPACT WRESTLING, broadcast Friday nights at 9/8c on Destination America, as well as other TNA programming.
“I’ve known Billy for years and have always been blown away by his musical artistry, as well as his knowledge and understanding of professional wrestling,” said TNA President Dixie Carter. “He has always impressed me with his creativity and passion for our business. Billy is truly gifted and understands the emotion tied to the psychology of connecting with an audience. The more we talked, the more I realized his perspective has the potential to make a huge impact on our brand.”
“Saying I’m humbled and honored by this opportunity to be part of TNA, a world-class wrestling organization, is an understatement and a dream come true,” said Corgan. “What’s great is the entire TNA organization stands in full support of my music life with the Smashing Pumpkins. In return, I’m fully committed to using my 30 years of entertainment experience, along with my deep-rooted passion for pro wrestling, to take on the thrilling challenge of creatively contributing to IMPACT WRESTLING, finding and developing new talent, and working eye-to-eye with the best-of-the-best. For as cultures currently evolve at great speed, so must pro wrestling meet and supersede such expectations to thrive.”
Corgan joins a gifted group of creative writers led by TNA Executive Vice President of Television and Talent John Gaburick. In addition to partnering with his creative colleagues in writing compelling and emotionally engaging story lines for TNA programming, Corgan will attend TNA television tapings where he will serve as a senior producer, working with TNA’s roster of world-class athletes including veterans such as TNA World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy and Gail Kim, as well as a fresh crop of Superstars led by Ethan Carter III, Bram, Rockstar Spud and more.
“As an iconic songwriter and performance artist, Billy stands as a true powerhouse,” said Gaburick. “I also find him to be an ardent historian of professional wrestling and a true visionary. We knew Billy would bring a great viewpoint when we offered, and he graciously accepted, to attend a recent creative summit. During those meetings, Billy’s pioneering perspectives and collaborative approach made it quickly evident we needed to bring him on as a permanent member of our team.”
TNA programming, which features unparalleled professional wrestling entertainment through its innovative high-flying X-Division, the best women’s division on the planet in the TNA Knockouts, and incomparable Tag Team action, is seen by millions of viewers each week in more than 120 countries around the world.
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About Billy Corgan
Grammy award-winning and multi-platinum artist Billy Corgan is a celebrated creator, illustrious lyricist, distinguished musician and founder of the revered Smashing Pumpkins, who has written and released more than 300 songs, sold more than 31 million albums and later this year will co-headline ‘The End Times’ tour alongside Marilyn Manson, as recently announced on The Howard Stern Show. ‘Monument to An Elegy,’ the Smashing Pumpkins current studio album features ‘Drum + Fife,’ a stirring single calling attention to the issues of war trauma facing America’s servicemen and women, performances of which were featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and ABC’s Good Morning America. Corgan has also been featured on VH1’s Rock Icon, a music biography series profiling the most legendary artists in the history of rock music. A wrestling aficionado, in April 2015, Corgan announced a partnership with TNA Wrestling where he serves as a Senior Producer for creative and talent development. For more information, follow Billy on twitter @Billy and visit www.smashingpumpkinsnexus.com .
About TNA Entertainment, LLC
TNA Entertainment, LLC, is a privately held sports entertainment company represented by United Talent Agency and based in Nashville, Tenn., specializing in television properties, events, products, merchandise and music, as well as the management and promotion of professional wrestlers. The roster features such greats as Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, MVP, Lashley, Magnus, James Storm, Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, Gail Kim and the lovely and lethal Knockouts, through its highly successful flagship IMPACT WRESTLING weekly broadcast, which airs Fridays at 9/8c on Destination America. The product is the world’s most innovative experience in professional wrestling and is broadcast in more than 120 countries. For more information, visit www.IMPACTWRESTLING.com or follow @IMPACTWRESTLING on twitter.
About Destination America
Destination America is the only network to celebrate the people, places, and stories of the United States. The inclusive network targeting Adults 25-54 is available in nearly 60 million homes, emblazoning television screens with the grit and tenacity, honesty and work ethic, humor and adventurousness that characterize our nation. Destination America features travel, food, adventure, home, and natural history, with original series like BBQ Pitmasters; A Haunting; Mountain Monsters; Buying Alaska; Buying the Bayou; and Railroad Alaska. For more information, please visit DestinationAmerica.com, facebook.com/DestinationAmerica, or twitter.com/DestAmerica. Destination America is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s #1 pay-tv programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories.
April 21, 2015, New York, NY - The Smashing Pumpkins have just announced their first acoustic tour.
Billed as The Smashing Pumpkins: In Plainsong – An Acoustic-Electro Evening, the tour will kick off on June 15 in Buffalo, NY and runs through Minneapolis, MN on June 25th.
Having written and released over 400 songs, Billy Corgan says that songs appearing in the set won't only come from the Pumpkins storied catalog, but will also feature songs from Zwan and solo works as well.
The Smashing Pumpkins recently released the stirring video to their new single “Drum + Fife,” which calls attention to the issues of PTSD that returning veterans are facing. The band recently performed the track acoustically on Good Morning America where Corgan explained his new relationship with the Easter Seals Dixon Center. He will be working with them to bring awareness to the work they do helping veterans and their families live better lives.
“Drum + Fife” is the second single from the band’s critically acclaimed album Monuments To An Elegy which was released on December 9 via Martha’s Music/BMG. The Onion’s AV Club called it “the most effortless-sounding Smashing Pumpkins album in years,” while Vice described it as “intimate and expansive.” In addition to playing “Drum +Fife” acoustically on Good Morning America last week, The Smashing Pumpkins also delivered a fully plugged in, and energetic performance of the song on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on April 2nd.
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS IN PLAINSONG TOUR
June 15 Buffalo, NY Riviera Theatre
June 16 Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
June 17 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
June 19 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater - Limited Seating Engagement
June 20 Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman Place theatre.
June 22 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland