Billy Corgan On Performing Pumpkins Classics: “Overly Sentimental Culture As A New Business Model Is Really Weak”
Billy Corgan is not big on looking back. From launching his own indie wresting league to opening an artsy tea shop called Zuzu’s in suburban Chicago, Corgan’s career has always been about what’s next, an attitude he extends to the music he makes as Smashing Pumpkins. Instead of relying on the band’s storied history, Corgan’s focus is on making more of it.
“That overly sentimental culture as a new business model is really weak,” Corgan told MTV Hive in regards to artists that perform entire albums of older material in concert. “I’m in my 40s, I should be making new music predominantly. I think that that expectation that’s been created is really bad for people.”
While more sentimental fans shouldn’t be holding their breath for Siamese Dream or Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness anniversary tours in the near future, Corgan and his most recent version of the band are plenty busy. Having released the critically acclaimed album Oceania, the Smashing Pumpkins will be performing the entire record on their current U.S tour, with upcoming dates in Austin, TX (Sept 27), L.A. (Oct. 14) and Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, NY on Halloween night (Oct 31).
–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local