Chicagoland native and The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is hosting and headlining a free virtual concert Wednesday night to benefit his hometown community of Highland Park.
With partner Chloe Mandel, Corgan announced that the charity show — dubbed Together and Together Again — will be livestreamed on YouTube starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 27.
Those watching the performance, which will last until 10 p.m., will be able to donate to the July 4th Victims Response Fund, a project of the Highland Park Community Foundation that raises money for those impacted by the mass shooting on July 4 during the town’s Independence Day parade.
“There are so many people here affected by this tragedy. It’s very close to our hearts, so we hope you participate,” Corgan said in his announcement.
Corgan grew up in Glendale Heights in the western suburbs and graduated from Glenbard North High School.
Corgan helped start the Smashing Pumpkins in the late 1980s and the band has long been a mainstay in the alternative rock landscape.
In the early 2000s, Corgan moved to Highland Park, and in 2012 he opened Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse in the Ravinia business district in Highland Park. The shop will be the site of the Wednesday’s show.
The concert Wednesday night includes special guests, such as Jimmy Chamberlain, longtime Pumpkins drummer; and Perry Farrell, frontman of Jane’s Addiction.
A website for the show includes the sale of clothing and posters that benefits the same fund. As of 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, the show had already raised more than $2,000 prior to its start.
“We really appreciate you guys joining us in this moment and helping support unmet needs right now,” Mandel said. “The victims and families really need help.”
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