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Smashing Pumpkins headline benefit at Metro--Theo Epstein, Jeff Garlin and more to attend

May 08, 2012|By Matt Pais | RedEye Sound Board

Maybe you still love Smashing Pumpkins. Maybe it's been years since you've tired of the Chicago rockers and lone remaining member Billy Corgan's attitude and distractions.

Regardless, it's not hard to support the Inaugural Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert June 14 at Metro, featuring a headlining set from Smashing Pumpkins, whose new album "Oceania" arrives June 19. The Figgs, Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents, members of Buffalo Tom and the Hot Stove All-Stars also perform, though I can't say I'm especially familiar with any of those other than Buffalo Tom.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein will attend, as will Hall of Fame baseball writer/Hot Stove Cool Music co-founder Peter Gammons and Cubs broadcasters Len Kasper and Bob Brenly, creating a nice inversion of when local musicians go root on the Cubs.

If that wasn't enough star power for you, Jeff Garlin, Mike O'Malley and Joel Murray (brother of Bill and star of this week's "God Bless America") will emcee. Tickets ($50) go on sale noon Saturday, and the event supports Chicago Cubs Charities and "Foundation to Be Named Later in Serving Disadvantaged Youth," according to the release from Metro. That's not a hole in the story; Foundation to be Named Later is the name of an actual organization founded by Epstein and his brother Paul.

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