This past Monday, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan stopped by a morning radio show in Cushing and played guitar live on the air with local folk artist Katie Williams. Yep, that's right. Cushing has a radio station. You learn something new everyday
The Smashing Pumpkins frontman was cutting through Cushing, Oklahoma while promoting/filming his upcoming documentary on American values when he stopped at the small AM radio station KUSH 1600. Though the interview was scheduled, no one told the morning show’s other guests, local folk singer Katie Williams and guitarist Bob Moore. To their surprise, Corgan offered to sit in with the musicians for an acoustic performance of one of Williams’ songs.
Corgan remained silent for the first verse while he studied the chord progression and feel of the song, but dropped in with some forlorn note bending on the bridge. Thankfully for those not in KUSH’s listening area, author Guy Lozier was also in studio promoting his book series The Mind Rift Saga (for which Corgan also did a short promo video) and filmed the performance.
That's cool. As a response, I've heard that KUSH 1600's rival station, Drumright's 980 THE DRUM, is trying to book Gavin Rossdale to come out and play guitar with Ali Harter. I guess he'll be in the state to sign Gwen's divorce papers or something. Who knows.
Check out the video after the jump:
First of all, I hope Billy enjoyed his time in Cushing more than he did back when the Smashing Pumpkins was booed off the stage in Oklahoma City in the early 1990s. That happened right? Or is it an urban legend? Please advise.
There's not a lot to the performance (Katie Williams stole the show), but I liked it. We're all suckers for music from our youth, and outside of Pearl Jam and Snoop Dog, I can't think of a bigger contributor to the soundtrack of my high school life than Billy Corgan and The Smashing Pumpkins. Sure, it would have been nice if he would have played some 1979, Rocket,Drown or any other SP song that was playing while I made out with girls from Piedmont, but I'll take it.