Surprise Visit From Billy Corgan Live At XRT’s Opening Day Broadcast [Watch]

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Brehmer & Billy (Photo by Zack Nechvatal / WXRT)

Brehmer & Billy (Photo by Zack Nechvatal / WXRT)

[pullquote quote="Robert tried to make out with me that night -- and that's not a joke." credit="Billy Corgan on meeting Robert Smith backstage with The Cure"]Former Cubs Corespondent, Billy Corgan (a lefty, who knew?) stoped by XRT’s Opening Day Broadcast and ripped Collective Soul and Lin Brehmer’s dance moves. He also told some great stories about Jimmy Chaimberlin’s run in with the Wrigleyville cops back in the Smashing Pumpkins days and how Robert Smith tried to make out with him backstage at a Cure show.

“In a critical world, you have to sort of know who you are,” Corgan said to Brehmer about his confidence in the forthcoming album-and presumably his bashing of Collective Soul. In fact, Corgan sarcastically asked if they were really going to talk about Collective Soul on Opening Day.

Focusing Brehmer’s energy on the “positive,” the opinionated Smashing Pumpkins frontman also relayed a story about Jimmy Chamberlin’s run in with the Wrigleyville cops back in the early days of Smashing Pumpkins’ career.

“Actually, about a block away from here, Jimmy Chamberlin, former Smashing Pumpkins drummer,” said Corgan with a smile, “took the corner right over here on Grace at about 80, hit a patch of ice and wiped out six cop cars.”

The drummer showed up at practice the next day “with a replacement BMW,” lied about getting a new car, and Corgan didn’t find out about the accident until about a year later.

Another moment from the past that Corgan remembers in great detail is when he first met Robert Smith backstage at a Cure concert in Tinley Park.

“Robert tried to make out with me that night. And that’s not a joke,” Corgan said. “It was the first time I ever met Robert Smith and he tried to make out with me. I said I only like girls and he said, ‘That’s okay, I’m a girl’ and then he threw up practically all over my shoes. That’s a true story.”

“So many stories. So little time,” the singer joked.


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