Billy Corgan PAWS

If you think it's been a quiet year for Smashing Pumpkins frontman and suburban Chicago native Billy Corgan, think again. 

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His only live show of the year is coming up at the Ravinia in Highland Park at the end of the month, on August 30, but he's been working hard offstage in the meantime. He released a solo album AEGEA earlier this year. On the Pumpkins front, Corgan is working two remaster two albums worth of reissues in tandem with two new releases the band is currently recording, one of which will feature none other than Tommy Lee behind the drum kit. 

Known for his eccentricities, Billy Corgan's busy schedule hasn't been entirely music related as of late. In March he announced that he's working with AMC on a television series focused on pro wrestling. In May he covered local no-kill animal shelter PAWS Chicago's magazine. In July he was awarded the Alternative Press Vanguard Award at the AP Music Awards (thrown by Alternative Press magazine). And, all the while, he's continued to own and operate his Evanston teahouse Madame ZuZu's

The songwriter's catalogue easily reaches into the hundreds, so it's anyone's guess as to what Corgan his Ravinia setlist will look like. Seeing as it's a solo acoustic set, Billy is in the driver's seat one hundred percent. Smashing Pumpkins classics, solo songs and rare b-sides are all fair game. He even opened the decision up to fans, asking them to submit their dream setlists. 

If you're looking to kill two birds with one stone, catch Corgan's show this month and help save a cat or dog's life-Corgan's making you a special offer. The lifelong Chicagoan rockstar and outspoken animal advocate kept his relationship with PAWS alive even after his magazine cover left newsstands. Anyone who applies to be a foster parent to one of PAWS' many adoptable dogs and cats (and receives the shelter's vote of approval) before August 27 receives two tickets to the shows. 

Fans not ready to welcome a new furry face into their homes can still buy tickets for the show starting at $38. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.