The Week In Music: Is Billy Corgan Just A Wrestler In A Cage?

Head Smashing Pumpkin starts his own professional wrestling business
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    Billy Corgan
October 21, 2011 -- 7:00 am PDT

Despite all his rage, he is now just a wrestler in a cage. Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, who recently confirmed his band is not breaking up, has announced he's starting his own professional wrestling company, Resistance Pro Wrestling. "I essentially got involved with some brothers who had a wrestling promotion," Corgan told Fox News Chicago. "We decided to form our own promotion and we're going to try to bring back the glory days." Corgan, who will serve as creative director for the company, hopes to take the sport back to its plot-driven days while raising awareness for concussions and other health issues. So will we see reincarnations of Brutus The Barber Beefcake, Hulk Hogan or the Undertaker? Or will this new class of wrestlers take on monikers inspired by Smashing Pumpkins albums such as Siamese Dream, Oceana or Zeitgeist? We'll have to wait and see. The company's first wrestling match takes place Nov. 25 in Chicago.

Imagine your phone ringing and the voice on the line is the voice saying, "Hi, this is Steve Perry." For fans of the former Journey frontman who gave life to classics such as "Faithfully," "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Open Arms," this would be akin to a dream come true. Perry is not only going to grant this wish for someone, but he's doing it in the spirit of a good cause. The legendary vocalist has teamed with Susan G. Komen for the Cure for a special auction in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month. The lot includes a personal call from Perry for up to 15 minutes, in addition to autographed vinyl copies of two Journey greatest hits albums and his 1984 solo album Street Talk. Set to close Oct. 28, current auction bids have already topped the $5,000 mark. Though it's for a worthy cause, we realize the auction may not be budget-friendly for all Journey fans. Thus, we offer the next-best (and free) alternative: follow Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain on Twitter.

With millions of albums, two recent No. 1 world tours, 17 Top 40 hits, a GRAMMY, and a full head of hair intact, Jon Bon Jovi is still living the rock and roll dream. But it turns out the New Jersey rocker has some soul as well. Officially on hiatus with his band, Bon Jovi opened the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen on Oct. 19 in Red Bank, N.J. Backed with a slogan of "All our welcome at our table," the kitchen is a community-focused restaurant that offers individuals and families an opportunity to eat a nutritious, freshly cooked meal in a friendly neighborhood setting. Realizing that times are difficult for some, if patrons are unable to pay for their meal they can volunteer at the kitchen by bussing or waiting tables or working as a chef. The volunteer service doubles as payment and a form of giving back to the community. "There's no prices on our menu," said Bon Jovi, who also serves on the White House Council for Community Solutions. "If you come in and say, 'I'm hungry,' we'll feed you but we're going to need you to do something. It's very important to what we're trying to achieve." The kitchen is open for dinner Thursday through Saturday and brunch on Sundays, and guests are liable to spot JBJ himself, along with his wife Dorothea and children, working. But while Bon Jovi has no problem getting his hands dirty, don't expect him to be cooking any gourmet meals. "I'm the dishwasher. I can't cook a lick."

An Adam Levine/Fox News war has erupted, and it's moving less like Jagger and more like a schoolyard fight. On Oct. 19 Rolling Stone reported that the Maroon 5 frontman had tweeted: "Dear Fox News, don't play our music on your evil f***ing channel ever again. Thank you." Fox news hosts Greg Gutfeld and Andy Levy both tweeted responses. "Dear Adam, that's not music," wrote Gutfeld, while Levy chimed in, "Dear @AdamLevine, don't make crappy f***ing music ever again. Thank you." Levine's been active in the Twitter pulpit lately, also outing MTV earlier this year for not playing music videos. Keep an eye on this one as we're guessing it's not over yet, and watch for Maroon 5's next album, Songs About Fox News And MTV.

If all you want for Christmas are two front teeth (and you're OK with one of them not being your own), you're in luck. A tooth straight from the mouth of the late John Lennon is being auctioned on Nov. 5 and the chopper is expected to sell for a cool $16,000. The tooth was originally given as a souvenir in the late '60s by Lennon to his housekeeper Dot Jarlett, whose daughter was a Beatles fan, after he apparently pulled it from his mouth. "This is the most wonderful and weird item that we have ever had for sale," said Karen Fairweather, a representative for Omega Auctions. So while it may be true that money can't buy you love, the right amount can buy you a Beatle tooth.

In related Beatles auction news, a letter by the recently married 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year Paul McCartney in which McCartney invited an unknown drummer to audition for the Beatles is being auctioned off next month. The letter was reportedly found in a book at a Liverpool yard sale, revealing that Macca solicited an audition from an unidentified drummer in 1960 in response to an ad in the Liverpool Echo newspaper, which read: "Drummer_Young_Free." It's unclear whether this drummer just didn't show for the audition, or if McCartney gave him the thumbs-down. According to a spokesperson for Christie's fine arts auctions, the letter was not an early request to Ringo Starr, who joined the band two years later. Who this drummer was remains a magical mystery, but we're sure he's still kicking himself to this day.

Adele's "Someone Like You" is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Rihanna's "We Found Love" featuring Calvin Harris is tops on the iTunes singles chart.

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