Billy Corgan announces virtual concert to support victims of 4th of July shooting in Highland Park
Billy Corgan has announced a virtual concert to support the victims of the recent mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois.
The show – Together and Together Again – will take place at 8:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, July 27 at Corgan’s Highland Park tea shop, Madame Zuzu’s, and will be streamed live for free on The Smashing Pumpkins YouTube (opens in a new tab) channel.
“For those who don’t know, I lived in Highland Park for about 20 years – Chloe [Mendel, Corgan’s partner] for about 10,” Corgan says in a new Instagram post announcing the event. The Madame Zuzu couple’s tea room is located so close to the scene of the shooting that it had to temporarily close afterwards to help the FBI investigation (opens in a new tab).
The event will see performances from Corgan, as well as Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, jazz saxophonist Frank Catalano and many more guests to be announced soon.
During the live stream, viewers will be able to make online donations and purchase merchandise including t-shirts and a poster designed by Gary Baseman through the event website. online shop. All proceeds from donations and merchandise sales will go to the Highland Park Community Foundation.
“There are so many people here affected by this tragedy. This is close to our hearts, and we hope you will participate and support as well,” Corgan and Mendel say in their announcement video for the event.
During an Independence Day parade in Highland Park on July 4, a gunman opened fire with a high-powered rifle from the roof of a nearby building, killing seven and 45 wounded, either by gunshot or by the ensuing panic.
Police then arrested Robert Eugune Crimo III – a little-followed musician by the name Awake The Rapper – and he has since been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder.
Other musicians who helped rebuild the Highland Park community after the shooting, including Fall Out Boy, who pledged a $100,000 donation to Everytown, a nonprofit that advocated for gun control fire.
The Smashing Pumpkins will join Jane’s Addiction later this year for a North American tour that will run from early October to mid-November.