Billy Corgan 2021-12-18

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December 18, 2021 – Highland Park, IL, US
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Live performance by Billy Corgan
ArtistBilly Corgan
DateDecember 18, 2021
VenueMadame ZuZu's
Coordinates42°11′11″N 87°48′2″W
LocationHighland Park, IL, US
Venue typeTeahouse
PersonnelBilly Corgan, Chloe Mendel, Augustus Juppiter Corgan, Philomena Clementine Corgan
Order of bandsJanelle Lake, Billy Corgan

December 18, 2021 was the first night of the Madame ZuZu's Christmas Show. Proceeds from the event benefited PAWS Chicago.[1] Billy Corgan's set was preceded by a comedic interpretation of the Ghost of Christmas Past by Oceania photographer Richard Shay, and harpist Janelle Lake who did a cover of "Today".

The event took place the day after the death of Corgan's father, William Corgan Sr. Some believed Corgan and his family would cancel the event, but as he put it, "the show goes on, that's what my father believed in".[2]

Setlist[edit | edit source]

  1. "Do You Hear What I Hear?" [Harry Simeone(acoustic) (live debut)
  2. "O Come, All Ye Faithful" [John Francis Wade(acoustic) (live debut)
  3. "Evergreen(acoustic) (live debut)
  4. "Silver Bells" [Jay Livingston / Ray Evans(acoustic) 
  5. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" [Bing Crosby(acoustic) (live debut)
  6. "Silent Night" [Franz Xaver Gruber / Joseph Mohr(acoustic) (live debut)
  7. "Jingle Bells" [James Lord Pierpont(acoustic) (live debut)
  8. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" [Charles Wesley(acoustic) (only performance)
  9. "The Magi and the Shiny Bright(acoustic) (live debut)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Setlist incomplete and possibly out of order
  • "Jingle Bells" with Corgan's children Augustus Juppiter and Philomena Clementine
  • "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" with Chloe Mendel on vocals

Banter[edit | edit source]

BC: (speaking to daughter Philomena) Are you going to sing with me?
(crowd cheers)
Do You Hear What I Hear? (Philomena holds mic through most of the song but is silent)

BC: …the last few years. So on a kind of Christmas bender, I kind of threw this one out. And in preparing for this show I found the song. I thought 'That's odd, I don't really remember writing this song.' It happens sometimes. And so, this is the debut of this song as well. And no one has heard this song except my family, so I hope you enjoy it. It is called "The Magi and the Shiny Bright."
The Magi and the Shiny Bright

Photos and memorabilia[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

"Do You Hear What I Hear?"
"The Magi and the Shiny Bright"

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Graves, Wren. "Billy Corgan Plays Christmas Set with Family After Death of Father: Watch". Consequence. Retrieved December 20, 2021.
  2. Billy Corgan. December 18, 2021 IGTV post.