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    Corgan x Chicago -- they go together! They belong together.

    Alt rock kingpin Billy Corgan will take a time out from recording the next two Smashing Pumpkins albums, both due in 2015, to perform a very special, exclusive hometown acoustic-based solo concert Saturday, August 30 at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the oldest outdoor music festival in America and the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1936.

    The set will encompass material from the band's catalog, including a "Mellon Collie Suite" of songs to celebrate the 20th anniversary of writing the album. Concertgoers will also be treated to his songs with Zwan from their one-and-only 2003 album and his 2005 solo album The Future Embrace, plus songs from his unreleased Chicago Kid album (recorded before The Future Embrace), a song cycle about his hometown.

    "I feel many of my songs are under-represented by the construct of playing in the Pumpkins, which is almost always loud," said Corgan, whose only other acoustic-based show took place at Chicago's Metro in 2004. "And I look forward to the intimacy of that kind of performance no matter how big the stage is."

    He furthered, "First and foremost, I feel like a songwriter, and in that there's this extensive body of work that sort of exists as if it never happened," he says. "Most of that is my fault, and it's my hope that going forward I'll play just as much in an acoustic format as I do in an electric one. In regards to picking songs from all eras of my musical life, that's a joy: because many of the best songs have never been played; or in the case of those from the Zwan period, unplayed for over 10 years."

    Anyone in Chicago plan to rock this Corgan gig?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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