Charity Auctioning Off Chance to Buy Pumpkins' Billy Corgan Lunch

June 25, 2009 10:39 AM ET

Wondering if Billy Corgan really replaced longtime Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain with a 19-year-old rocker? Ask him yourself ... over a nice lunch. Charity Buzz is auctioning off the chance to dine with Corgan in Los Angeles or Chicago. The catch: the "winner" gets to foot the bill. The meal is "Valid for 2 people at a mutually convenient time. Restaurant TBD," according to the official listing, which was confirmed by a post on Smashing Pumpkins' Website. The auction ends in five days and three hours (as of this posting), on June 30th at 1:17 p.m. ET. Eight bids so far have driven the price up to $950.

Proceeds from the bidding benefit the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which is raising money to build a museum in New York "to highlight the achievements of songwriting greats and acknowledge their rightful place in our culture," per their listing on Charity Buzz. Last week, Jon Bon Jovi and Crosby, Stills and Nash were inducted into the Hall at a ceremony in New York.

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