WPC (WILLIAM PATRICK CORGAN) – The Ogilala Tour @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Oct 20, 2017)

Complexity, Simplicity, Vulnerability, Intensity, & Artistry.

Chameleon-like Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins) shedded his well-known nom-de-plume “Billy” to a more mature sounding William Patrick Corgan (WPC) for his latest release “Ogilala”.

Playing in the cozy moody dim lit confines of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, WPC first set focused entirely (from start-finish) his latest Rick Rubin produced LP “Ogilala”,


  • Zowie
  • Processional
  • The Spaniards
  • Aeronaut
  • The Long Goodbye
  • Half-Life of an Autodidact
  • Amarinthe
  • Antietam
  • Mandarynne
  • Shiloh
  • Archer
  • If I Were a Carpenter (Tim Hardin cover)



After a brief 20 minute intermission, WPC performed a career spanning set of popular Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan selections: Thirty-Three, Disarm, and 1979.



WPC also played a few overlooked Pumpkin deep tracks: La Dolly Vita, Full Sail, Burnt Orange-Black, &  Eye,


  • Full Sail
  • Burnt Orange-Black (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
  • Thirty-Three (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
  • La Dolly Vita (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
  • Now (And Then)
  • Disarm (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
  • To Sheila (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
  • After the Gold Rush (Neil Young cover)
  • Oceania (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
  • Try, Try, Try (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
  • Friends as Lovers, Lovers as Friends (Zwan song)
  • Eye (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
  • For God and Country (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
  • 1979 (The Smashing Pumpkins song)



Finally, with a piano & acoustic guitar and a more mature name, some would think WPC would mean “less fun”, those worries were abated with his encore crowd-pleasing surprise ‘fun’ cover of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”.

WPC’s set was not just acoustic renditions of new & old selections, but interactive as well — with the Toronto audience providing “guitar effects” to Pumpkins classic Today (check out the video below).

The Toronto audience were treated to three more songs, with WPC finishing off with Age of Innocence and Farewell and Goodnight.



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