Billy Corgan Performs With Father

Smashing Pumpkins frontman and dad played two blues songs during concert benefiting homeless teens.

CHICAGO -- Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan performed with

his father, Billy Corgan Sr., for the first time during a benefit at the

Metro club Thursday night. Their two-song blues set was part of an

all-star show that also featured members of the Band, the BoDeans and

Cheap Trick.

"Hello. Some of you don't know me," the elder Corgan told the crowd.

"My name is Billy Corgan."

Said Corgan Jr., "I'd like to thank you for having me at this moment."

"That's my boy!," his father said.

Visually, the Corgans were a study in contrasts. The younger, dressed in

a sharp burgundy suit, stood next to his father, who wore vintage

olive-drab army duds and a Harley Davidson T-shirt.

The dichotomy extended to their music. Both were beaming when they

launched into blues legend Robert Johnson's "If I Had Possession Over

Judgment Day." The younger Corgan called the shots and took the solos on

this raucous rocketship ride through Johnson's eerie classic. They were

backed by the Nicholas Tremulis Band, a local group.

Then the elder Corgan -- a top blues session guitarist in Chicago during

the 1960s -- stepped to the fore for a more traditional Chicago blues

number, which was written on the setlist as "Muddy Waters"; it contained

lyrics from Jimmie Rodgers' "T For Texas." Pulling out solos from his

black Flying V guitar, Corgan Sr. elicited cheers from the crowd and a

look on his son's face that suggested, "Damn, look at him!"

The concert, dubbed "The First Waltz," was loosely organized as a

tribute to the Band's 1976 farewell performance, which was filmed for

the concert movie "The Last Waltz." Proceeds benefited Neon Street, an

organization providing services for homeless teen-agers in Chicago.