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Smashing Pumpkins announce Chicago show ... next week!

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The Smashing Pumpkins have announced a last-minute hometown show next week at Chicago's Metro.

Billy Corgan and his new support players will perform at a benefit concert, raising money for medical care for another Chicago musician.

The concert will be at 8 p.m.Tuesday (July 27) at Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Kill Hannah will open.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow -- through a raffle. Here's how it'll work, according to today's announcement from Metro: "Individuals can enter the raffle as many times as they wish for $10 each entry. A majority of the venue will be sold to raffle winners. Each winner will receive two tickets to the concert. Tickets are not transferable and winners must show ID matching their raffle entry."

Pledge more money to the cause, and your level of access to the show goes up. For a $100 buy-in, you could win one of a limited number of VIP tickets in the balcony. For $500, you could win access to the 30-minute sound check before the concert, including a meet-and-greet and photo with the band.

Raffle tickets will be available only through Metro's Web site beginning 2 p.m. Wednesday. The raffle ends at 2 p.m. Saturday. Winners will be notified via e-mail at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Proceeds for the event support the Matthew Leone Fund, part of the nonprofit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, which provides financial assistance to musicians facing illness or disability.

Leone is the bassist for local band Madina Lake. Last month, he stopped to help a woman being attacked in an alleged domestic violence situation, and in so doing Leone was allegedly beaten by the woman's attacker. Leone was taken to UIC Hospital and underwent emergency brain surgery, in which a third of his skull was removed to alleviate swelling. He's currently stable, and the suspect in the attack is awaiting a court hearing. Like many working musicians, Leone is without insurance to cover his medical costs.

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