Billy Corgan Talks to GQ About Pro Wrestling

Next to music, pro wrestling is the thing closest to Bill Cogran’s heart.  Check out this sports profile in GQ:

Remember Billy Corgan? Twenty years after Siamese Dream, the once and reigning frontman of the Smashing Pumpkins claims to have located the lost rebellious spirit of rock ‘n’ roll in the most artificial of places: the wrestling ring. Sam Lipsyte spends a blood-splattered, pile-driving Friday night in Chicago with the alt-rocker who wants to be the Vince McMahon of alt-wrestling 

“Why?” Billy Corgan wants to know. “Why do they do it?” 

We’re in an old wooden barn in Willowbrook, Illinois. It’s no ordinary barn. It’s the Barn at Arabian Knights Farms, huge and high-ceilinged, festooned with festive kitsch. The rafters are rigged with a grid of filtered lights. A single silver disco ball dangles down. The place is perfect for a backwoods wedding or a shotgun bar mitzvah, or maybe Flashdance with animals. You could recruit the petting goats outside. 

Heavy beats pump from the speakers as Corgan repeats his question. “Why do they do it? Why do they get in the ring?”

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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