Billy Corgan Looks To Smashing Pumpkins Future, Not The Past
Corgan appeared to take exception to a Rolling Stone interviewer's questions about his upcoming tour with Manson being seen as "a nostalgia tour." He shot back, "Anybody who calls us a nostalgia show does not know what the f*** they are talking about.
"Seriously. I mean, [Manson] has just released one of the best albums of his career, and my last two albums were super highly reviewed and well received, so they don't know what the f*** they are talking about."
Corgan added, in response to the similarly themed follow-up question, "It's very simple: You've got two great artists, two great histories, still making great music. We are going to go out and kick ass as good or better than somebody in their twenties or thirties or whatever. Either believe it or don't - but if you don't, then you will miss something that you rarely see, which in this case will be three hours of really powerful music. I mean, there is a point where you can't apologize for that, or you can't really explain it to someone who's got their head up their a** with a selfie stick."
He also shot down reports that he plans to end the Smashing Pumpkins and shared his vision for the future of the band, "I think the new album we're making is very exciting. It's very futuristic. I've basically said that Smashing Pumpkins dies when I die, and maybe not even then. Maybe my niece will take over the franchise when I'm dead. Kiss is already talking about continuing past Gene and Paul, so why not the Smashing Pumpkins beyond William Patrick Corgan?
"We live in an era when everything is alive and everything is dead at the same time. If you are a fan of a particular band that's older, you can go on YouTube and relive their past as much as you want to. You don't have to go see them live. You don't have to listen to their new music. And then you have fans that are really not connected to, in my case, the Nineties. They know the Nineties music, sort of, but it's not their music. We are dealing with a conflux of so many different audiences coming from so many different directions now." Read the full interview here.