THE SMASHING PUMPKINS mainman Billy Corgan performed an eight-song acoustic set during an appearance this past Thursday (September 30) at a bookstore in Paris, France to promote a book he co-wrote with the French writer Claire Fercak. Among the tracks he played was a brand new song called "Jesus Needs A Hit", which he performed for the first time ever at this event.Video footage of the "Jesus Needs A Hit" performance can be viewed below. Photos and more video footage from the event can be seen at RockerParis. THE SMASHING PUMPKINS recently issued a brand new track, "Spangled", as a free download, marking the sixth release from the band's in-progress 44-song project "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope". It is the second song (the recently released "Freak" was the first) from what will be the band's second EP — "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Volume 2: The Solstice Bare" — tied to this project. The PUMPKINS raised over $80,000 at their sold-out benefit concert on July 27 at Chicago's Metro for Matthew Leone, bassist for Chicago band MADINA LAKE. The money is going to the Matthew Leone Fund at Sweet Relief and is helping to pay for the ongoing medical care needed for the musician who this past June was hospitalized with severe brain trauma after intervening to stop a woman he passed on the street from being beaten by her husband.
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