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Billy Corgan began his 3-night NYC run (pics, video, setlist), announced new wrestling series

Smashing Pumpkins frontman William Patrick (aka Billy) Corgan has been on a solo tour ahead of the release of his new album, Cotillions. The album comes out on Friday, while the tour wraps up with a trio of NYC shows at Gramercy Theatre, the first of which was on Monday night (11/18). Like at previous dates, Billy played a mixture of new material, classic Pumpkins songs, and covers over two sets at his first night in NYC. Check out pictures from the evening in the gallery above, and watch fan-taken video clips, and find the setlist, below.

Meanwhile, Billy, who bought the National Wrestling Alliance, or NWA in 2017, shared a video today announcing a new competition series, “The Circle Squared.” More on that:

On last week’s #NWAPowerrr, NWA President William Patrick Corgan (aka Billy Corgan) teased an announcement that would open the envelope for talents to be a part of the National Wrestling Alliance.

Today, the National Wrestling Alliance and Lightning One announce a new series that will join NWA Powerrr and Ten Pounds Of Gold… The new show is called The Circle Squared.

This series will allow new talents an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is to get a chance to earn an NWA Talent contract. This competition show allows talents selected to step up to the circle of the podium to exhibit their talents on the microphone before stepping into the square of the ring to show their physical abilities in a wrestling match. The key to making the NWA roster and eventually NWA Powerrr will be in these talents ability to connect with the the live audience in Atlanta and the audience watching all over the world. The ultimate winner of The Circle Squared will earn an National Wrestling Alliance contract.

Watch the video announcement below.

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@williampcorgan you are the apotheosis of artistic brilliance and beauty. Seeing this performance makes me believe THESE are the days. . Quote of the night by WPC: “Sadness has paid off.” Touché. . What added to the onstage magic was the sense of community and kindness in the audience. I’ve experienced this at SP shows too. Easy friendliness with the people seated around us. Uncommon courtesy, lack of airs and sisterhood on bathroom line. I don’t see this often, especially in NYC. This WPC microcosm goes to show you what’s possible in the world. Thank you, Billy. Billy Corgan 2020, anyone? . #billycorgan #williampatrickcorgan #wpccodex #solotour #acoustic #gramercytheatre #nyc #cotillions #ogilala #zwan #smashingpumpkins #spfans #musicalgenius @wpccodex @ilovestrings @smashingpumpkins . Night 1, Monday, 11/18/19

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Setlist: Billy Corgan @ Gramercy Theatre, 11/18/2019 (via)
Hard Times
To Scatter One’s Own
Cri de Couer
Buffalo Boys
The Spaniards
Half-Life of an Autodidact
Oh My Darling, Clementine

Set 2
Tonight, Tonight
Violet Rays
Knights of Malta
Will There Be Any Stars? (Alison Krauss & The Cox Family)
Hangin’ On (Waylon Jennings)

Black Lung
Nights in White Satin (The Moody Blues)
Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)

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