Billy Corgan dedicates Smashing Pumpkins’ summer tour to US military veterans

Corgan will embark on a joint tour with Marilyn Manson this summer

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan hopes help the lives of US military veterans with his band’s upcoming tour.

The group’s tenth album ‘Monuments To An Elegy’ was released last year, with another record entitled ‘Day For Night’ expected for 2015. Smashing Pumpkins will head on a co-headline tour with Marilyn Manson during the summer, with the North American stint billed as ‘The End Of Times Tour’.

Now, speaking to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Corgan stated that he will work with the Easter Seals Dixon Centre on a joint project called ‘New Beginnings: Reaching America’s Vets’.

Details of the venture have not been revealed but, speaking at a Live Nation event promoting National Concert Day, Corgan said, “We kind of want to raise awareness of what’s going on in our veterans’ communities, we want to support families”. He added, “It sounds like a very simplistic message, but it needs to be branded in a new way in American society.”

Corgan, who recently revealed that he wants to be known by the name William, not Billy, has taken up full-time role at TNA Wrestling. The role will see him develop characters and create story lines for TNA’s Impact Wrestling. Corgan will attend TNA television tapings where he will serve as a senior producer, working with TNA’s roster which currently includes World Champion Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy and Gail Kim among others.

Corgan announced his retirement from pro-wrestling in November 2014, having previously run the independent Resistance Pro Wrestling organisation.

Speaking about his new job, Corgan clarified that it will not affect his musical career: “Saying I’m humbled and honoured by this opportunity to be part of TNA, a world-class wrestling organisation, is an understatement and a dream come true. What’s great is the entire TNA organisation stands in full support of my music life with the Smashing Pumpkins.”