Billy Corgan debuted a new Smashing Pumpkins song, "Photograph," inspired by the tragic July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park, IL, Stereogum reports. Billy has lived in Highland Park for years, and owns and sometimes performs solo shows at his tea house, Madame Zuzu's, which reopened in the neighborhood in 2020. He debuted "Photograph" during a benefit show for victims of the shooting, "Together and Together Again," that Madame Zuzu's hosted on Wednesday night (7/27). "This is my reaction, I guess you could say, to what happened," Corgan said. "I don't know if it's a good song or a bad song, but it certainly expresses the way that I feel."
"So in the opening scene, I'm explaining to somebody that I found a photograph of us standing in the spot where this horrible thing happened," he continued. "It's as simple as that, how something so simple as a photograph taken on a beautiful day right over here by the ice cream shop where we go sometimes for a fancy sorbet and suddenly you look at a photograph and suddenly it has meaning. My god, we were in that spot."