Billy Corgan Slams Soundgarden/Pavement: They’re Only Back Together to Make Money
Billy Corgan just can’t seem to be nice to ANYONE.
The Smashing Pumpkins front man has just trashed reformed rock bands Soundgarden and Pavement and claims that they’re just reforming to make money.
The idea is truly not far-fetched but really Billy?
“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. I am not in that business, obviously. I condemn anybody who’s in that business but doesn’t admit he’s in that business. 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.”
Corgan also added that Smashing Pumpkins relies heavily on new fans:
“Without the young fans there is no future for Smashing Pumpkins. We can’t run an oldies business. Not only is it boring, it’s actually not a very good business.”
Corgan also hit out at the music scene in general with:
“They have no respect for the people that came before them. They have no respect for the tradition of music, they have no respect for the blood and tears that have been spilled by great musicians all over the world – many of whom will never even know their name.”
That last sentiment sadly does ring true. From experience alone, I know exactly what he’s talking about! Listen up kids!