Happy Birthday today to Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. He’s 51. Other rockers celebrating include Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham (67), Love/Hate singer Jizzy Pearl (60), ans both singer Janet Gardner and drummer Roxy Petrucci  of Vixen are 56.

Billy Corgan is the lead singer, guitarist , and sole original member of Smashing Pumpkins. The band formed out of Chicago, Illinois in 1987 and had major success throughout the 1990’s right up until their breakup in 2000. The band’s second album Siamese Dream was a huge success. Released in 1993, it sold 4 million copies in the U.S. and cracked the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart. Singles included “Cherub Rock”, “Today”, and “Disarm”. They followed that up with 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness featuring the band’s biggest hit “1979”. Corgan reactivated Smashing Pumpkins with a new lineup in 1997. Rumors had been running rampant in recent years regarding the possibility of an original lineup Smashing Pumpkins reunion in the works, and it was finally confirmed last month. The band will be touring this summer on the Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour. Check out info here courtesy of Ultimate Classic Rock. Cheers to Billy Corgan on his birthday today!

For more info on Smashing Pumpkins, check out the band’s official website here.

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