New AMC TV show to feature Lockport brothers, Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins
By Frank Vaisvilas Correspondent June 20, 2014 10:14PM
Musician, author and Higghland Park businessman Billy Corgan. | File
Updated: July 23, 2014 6:37AM
A dream is coming true for Lockport brothers Jacques and Gabriel Baron and they hope a new AMC TV reality show featuring them will inspire others to never give up the chase.
The brothers are partners with Billy Corgan, frontman for the Smashing Pumpkins, in a local wrestling business called Resistance Pro Wrestling. The TV show, which has yet to be named, will follow the brothers and Corgan in a behind-the-scenes look at running the business.
“It’s a real-life struggle,” Jacques, 35, said. “Chasing the dream is not easy.”
He said filming could start by the end of summer. The TV series is slated for eight one-hour shows.
The show is being promoted by AMC as following Corgan in his latest venture.
“The Pumpkins frontman brings his creative genius to the world of professional wrestling in this compelling docu-series that pulls back the curtain in a way pro-wrestling fans have never seen,” an AMC press release reads.
Corgan’s publicist said they are in discussions with AMC to film in Lockport, as well as Highland Park, where Corgan owns Madame ZuZu’s tea shop.
Jacques said the show will likely feature scenes in Lockport as cameras follow the brothers around in their everyday lives.
Lockport Ald. Darren Deskin, 3rd, mentioned the project during Wednesday’s city meeting.
“It’s a big deal for the city,” Deskin said on Thursday. “It promotes Lockport in a positive light.”
Jacques said filming also likely would take place in Willowbrook, where their company puts on wrestling shows at the Barn at Arabian Knights Farms.
The brothers started Resistance Pro Wrestling with Corgan in 2011. The Barons had worked for another wrestling company that had booked former Bulls player Dennis Rodman for a show, but he had to cancel in order to attend a Hall of Fame ceremony in his honor.
So, Jacques said they scrambled to find another celebrity for the show. He said they knew Corgan was a huge wrestling fan and met him at previous shows.
Jacques said his wife reached out to Corgan on Facebook and they soon began talking about forming their own company.
He said Corgan refused to be paid and really puts in a lot of effort as the company’s creative director coming up with storylines for characters.
Gabriel said they all brainstorm ideas for shows, but Corgan runs with it and attends every show they put on and sometimes even becoming a part of them as a manager on stage.
“He’s very hands-on,” Gabriel, 37, said. “He’s very down-to-earth, not just a rock star.”
Jacques said they also are in talks with Lockport school officials about possibly putting on a show at a school that could also be filmed for the TV show.
The show still is in its pre-production stages and Jacques said they haven’t been given a date of when the show might air, but assumes it would be sometime next year.