The Smashing Pumpkins’ seminal album Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness turned 20 years old back in October, but the band chose not to commemorate the anniversary in any way, be it a reissue or a tour where they played the whole album all the way through. And in a new interview with Rolling Stone, frontman Billy Corgan explains exactly why he has no interest in performing that album or any album in its entirety:
The only way that would happen for any album is if we staged it almost like a Broadway show, where it involved visuals and the music rewritten into a particular form. The idea of getting up and playing an album that was never meant to be played live in that sequence smacks of consumerism. That stuff is the dregs of the music business, and I have a hard time believing that anyone out there doing it really wants to do it. … Fans are bored with it. That’s nothing disrespectful. I’m proud to have made such an album that’s important. The millennials love Siamese Dream. Who would have guessed that!? No one is harder on the millennials than me. But they love Siamese Dream? Great! But I’m not gonna go out there and hack around just to reclaim some light that I don’t feel has gone out. The light is still in my eyes. I’m still more than capable of producing new work. I wrote a new song this morning.
Ah, Corgan! Your words, they cut like a dagger through this millennial heart!