Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan "almost killed" himself "three or four" times.
The musician has been overcome with dark thoughts on a number of occasions and even started planning his death, but his faith in God always pulled him through:
"I almost killed myself about three, four, seven times. I literally started planning my death and what I would leave behind, and what I was gonna write. Three or four times in my life. What I finally realized, at least on the back end of this, is that God, at least as I understand God, was there all along. Once I was able to process my reality in that way, I no longer felt like a victim."
Billy, 45, has previously told how one of his worst suicidal phases came when he was recording the band's breakthrough album, Siamese Dream, in 1993, on which he famously played almost all of the instruments:
Billy Corgan has made friends with Paris Jackson. The Smashing Pumpkins singer was impressed with the 14 year-old's hand painted version of his cover from the band's 2007 album Zeitgeist, and offered her free tickets to see them play.
After she tweeted the picture - which shows the statue of Liberty half submerged in water, painted in shades of red - he jokingly replied, "@ParisJackson I'm glad you liked that cover! Not everyone likes that album haha (sic)" He then tweeted, "@ParisJackson I like you more and more! You'll have to come see us when we play. Not sure where you are but we'll hook you up for passes."
Billy Corgan claims Soundgarden only reunited for money. The Smashing Pumpkins singer and guitarist believes the fellow grunge legends only got back together in 2010 for financial gain.
"There are those bands that are essentially coming back only to make money. Playing their old albums, and maybe somewhere in the back of their minds they're thinking there might be a future. When Soundgarden came back and they just played their old songs, great. I was a fan of Soundgarden, but call it for what it is. They're just out there to have one more round at the till; same with Pavement and these other bands."
Billy Corgan claims the music industry "operates on a dumbing down principle."
The Smashing Pumpkins singer and guitarist feels only a few bands, such as Radiohead, get to keep their integrity and "intelligence" on the records they make. "It's incredible to me how sophisticated people really are when you give them the opportunity to be sophisticated. The music business essentially operates on a dumbing down principle. How dumb do we have to go to sell this record to the most amount of people? There are very few bands who are able to keep their intelligence on record, Radiohead are a good example. They have a very high message and are still very popular. But for the most part the charts are dominated by music that's essentially dumbed down in melody, style, tone, texture, and message because it reaches the most amount of people," he said.
Billy Corgan has "Bieber Fever."
The Smashing Pumpkins singer admires teen pop star Justin Bieber, having been exposed to him through his young nieces. "I'm not a pop hater. The kid's talented so you can't take that away from him. My nieces are gaga crazy for him. All I hear about is Justin this and Beiber Fever. We've got the Beiber Fever. Let's put it this way, there's been zero dolls made of me and he's got about seven. So I'm a bit behind on the doll market," he said in an interview.
Smashing Pumpkins get frustrated when fans just want to hear their old songs.
Frontman Billy Corgan says despite all the work he puts into writing new material, fans often just want them to play the classics:
"We met this wall resistance like, 'It's nice you guys want to move forward, but can't you just play the old songs?' I've had five years of 'Can't you just play the old songs?' The whole time, all I've done is put my head down and try to make new music. You reach a point of literal frustration where you start going, 'Maybe this is never going to move forward? Maybe the vague 'they' out there will never accept The Smashing Pumpkins of this time?'"
However, concertgoers could be disappointed next time they're at a show because Billy says they plan to play their latest offering Oceania in its entirety with only few fan favorites thrown in:
Billy Corgan has lashed out at Radiohead.
The Smashing Pumpkins frontman has blasted the Oxford band as "pompous" and says he is horrified that some people think Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood is more valuable than Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore.
"I can't think of any people outside of Weird Al Yankovic who have both embraced and p****d on rock more than I have. Obviously there's a level of reverence, but there's also a level of intelligence to even know what to p**s on. Because I'm not p***ing on Rainbow. I'm not p***ing on Deep Purple. But I'll p**s on f*****g Radiohead, because of all this pomposity. This value system that says Jonny Greenwood is more valuable than Ritchie Blackmore. Not in the world I grew up in."
NOTE: Attempting to watch this video can cause unnecessary headaches. (I am living proof of that.)
During a concert last night in Tampa, Florida, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan became the latest musician to take a fall while on stage. The singer was in the middle of performing “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” when he briefly smashed to the floor.
You can see the moment at around the :19 mark in the clip.
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