Smash­ing Pump­kins’ Cor­gan to write wrestling sto­ry­lines

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Smash­ing Pump­kins front­man Billy Cor­gan on Mon­day was named se­nior pro­ducer of a pro­fes­sional wrestling pro­gram and said he would try to push bound­aries on cul­tural is­sues.

The al­ter­na­tive rock icon will de­velop char­ac­ters and write sto­ry­lines for Im­pact Wrestling, a weekly tele­vi­sion show that airs on the chan­nel Des­ti­na­tion Amer­ica.

Cor­gan is a life­long fan of pro­fes­sional wrestling, which em­ploys staged fights for the­atri­cal tele­vi­sion pro­gram­ming, and in 2011 founded a pro­mo­tion com­pany for bouts in his na­tive Chicago.

The 48-year-old rocker said that he has fre­quently had to de­fend his in­ter­est in wrestling to naysay­ers.

“What they do is re­ally mind­bog­gling,” he said of pro­fes- sional wrestlers.

“I be­lieve in how it brings such joy to fans and how it re­ally gets into some in­ter­est­ing top­ics and sto­ry­lines and pushes the bound­aries of so­cial cul­ture in a way that most busi­nesses are afraid to,” Cor­gan said in an in­ter­view re­leased by Im­pact Wrestling’s par­ent com­pany, TNA En­ter­tain­ment.

Cor­gan, in a sep­a­rate in­ter­view with en­ter­tain­ment mag­a­zine Va­ri­ety, said that he would “break new ground” in how pro­fes­sional wrestling ad­dresses con­tem­po­rary is­sues.

“I think there’s an end­less sup­ply of things in our cul­ture where peo­ple are deal­ing with race or with gen­der, et cetera, and you can get into th­ese things in a way that is both rev­e­la­tory and en­light­en­ing,” he said.

Pro­fes­sional wrestling his­tor­i­cally has not been known for its sub­tlety, with in­dus­try leader World Wrestling En­ter­tain­ment in its hey­day in the 1980s known es­pe­cially for cast­ing for­eign char­ac­ters in stereo­typ­i­cal lights.

Smash­ing Pump­kins, with Cor­gan as its chief mu­si­cian and song­writer, be­came one of the iconic U.S. bands of the 1990s through emo­tion­ally in­tense songs that of­ten brought an orches­tral at­mos­phere to a heavy­gui­tar base.

Cor­gan took on the wrestling role de­spite a busy time for Smash­ing Pump­kins, which is record­ing a fol­low-up to last year’s al­bum “Mon­u­ments to an El­egy.”

Smash­ing Pump­kins in June will go on its first acous­tic tour be­fore a se­ries of sum­mer shows with Goth rocker Mar­i­lyn Manson, who has cited Cor­gan as a men­tor.

AFP

In this file pic­ture taken on June 30, 2013, U.S. mu­si­cian Billy Cor­gan of the band Smash­ing Pump­kins per­forms on the Other Stage on the fifth day of the Glas­ton­bury Fes­ti­val of Con­tem­po­rary Per­form­ing Arts near Glas­ton­bury, south­west Eng­land.

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