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 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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