After more than a year in the making, Smashing Pumpkins frontman/singer Billy Corgan will open Madame ZuZu’s teashop to residents of Highland Park, Illinois. The shop, located just outside Chicago, opens for business on Thursday, September 13, 2012. It’s designed to serve as a social hub for the community, blending tea drinkers with the arts. Drawing from Corgan’s love of music from the 30’s, Madame ZuZu’s is a “Chinoise” inspired teahouse, like those found in Paris during the same period.
Chris Holmes (tour-mate of some British guy named Paul McCartney) and Brian Liesegang (co-founder of Filter, ex-roommate of Trent Reznor) aren’t interested in being lumped into any one musical category. They don’t want to hear about other artists sounding like Ashtar Command. And though I have no idea if either of those things is true, American Sunshine may have helped ensure that they never will be.