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Billy Corgan Calls Out “Feckless Idiots” Of The Music Business On CNBC

Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins is well-known for his controversial opinions, and he recently appeared on CNBC to sound off about the state of the music industry, which he says is run by “feckless idiots.” According to Corgan, the tech industry is blowing music out of the water in terms of innovation, and that’… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 12, 2015 - 3:54 pm

The Smashing Pumpkins’ Summer Tour To Benefit Veterans

Billy Corgan has been sporting a military haircut for something like 20 years. And when he heads out on tour this summer, he’ll be helping to raise awareness and resources for America’s military veterans. The band is partnering with the veterans’ organization the Easter Seals Dixon Center for their End Times tour this summer. The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 6, 2015 - 8:35 am

Billy Corgan Becomes Writer For TNA Wrestling

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is a longtime pro wrestling fan who, in recent years, has been involved with the small Chicago indie wrestling company Resistance Pro. He parted ways with the company when an in-the-works AMC reality show fell apart. But now he’s moving on to a much bigger company. TNA Wrestling ha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 27, 2015 - 11:18 am

Watch The Smashing Pumpkins Go Electric On Fallon, Acoustic On Good Morning America

Last night, Billy Corgan brought his new lineup of the Smashing Pumpkins to The Tonight Show, where they served as musical guests. This was sort of an all-star lineup of the band, and it included the Killers bassist Mark Stoermer and Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk. Stoermer and Wilk have been playing show… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 3, 2015 - 9:13 am

The Smashing Pumpkins – “Drum + Fife” Video

The Smashing Pumpkins have shared a video for the Monuments To An Elegy track “Drum + Fife,” which was directed by the duo of Robin Antiga and Jimmy Ahlander. “I asked, albeit in an allegorical way, for the video to represent what our returning soldiers are going through with PTSD, and I feel that the… More »

By: James Rettig / March 30, 2015 - 9:52 am

Billy Corgan Finally Breaks His Legendary Silence About Kanye’s Grammys Intrusion

I’m sure we’ve all been wondering what Billy Corgan thinks about Kanye West’s latest stage-crashing incident, and now we know! Corgan appeared on Channel 7’s The Morning Show in Australia yesterday, and as Faster Louder reports, Corgan shared some lengthy thoughts about his fellow Chicagoan. Thoughts like these:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 26, 2015 - 10:14 am

Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon Has Some Harsh Words For Courtney Love And Billy Corgan In New Memoir

Kim Gordon’s memoir, Girl In A Band, is out next month, and while I personally haven’t read the thing, what little I’ve read about it suggests it’s going to be totally fascinating. The new issue of Vogue includes an excerpt, in which Gordon offers some details about her move to New York City in 1979… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 3, 2015 - 4:34 pm

The Smashing Pumpkins – “Being Beige” Video

Billy Corgan done did it this time! Last year, Corgan’s Smashing Pumpkins released their strong new album Monuments To An Elegy, and now they’ve made a video for first single “Being Beige,” a beautifully twinkly dream-rock anthem. The video has lots of what you might expect from a latter-day Pumpkins video: Extreme close-ups of Corga… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 19, 2015 - 10:06 am

Billy Corgan Says He Recently Turned Down An Offer To Write For Miley Cyrus

Billy Corgan stays saying amazing things in interviews. During a recent session with the French rock radio station OUI FM, the hosts asked Corgan whether he’d rather tour with Courtney Love or Miley Cyrus, and he picked Miley, saying some nice things about her along the way. In talking about Cyrus, Corgan also casually mentioned… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 30, 2014 - 11:19 am

Watch The Smashing Pumpkins Rock Convincingly On Kimmel

Remember when the Smashing Pumpkins did “Zero” on Saturday Night Live? Remember how great that was? People should put the Smashing Pumpkins on TV more often. Even if sometimes they do stuff like this. Further evidence: Billy Corgan and his current backing band were on Jimmy Kimmel Live, playing the outdoor festival stage and doing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 11, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Watch The Smashing Pumpkins & Die Antwoord’s Ninja Cover David Bowie

Billy Corgan has always shown an admirable commitment to random shit, but I don’t think he’s done anything quite this high on the “wait, what” scale since he dated Tila Tequila. At a Paris show over the weekend, Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins played a rocked-up and virtually unlistenable cover of David Bowie’s 1975 almost-funk… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 10, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Billy Corgan On The Smashing Pumpkins: “The Fanbase Is Gone”

Billy Corgan may have just put out the ninth Smashing Pumpkins album, but he doesn’t seem to have much faith in the people who got him to where he is. In a new interview with The Wall Street Journal that was conducted a few weeks ago, Corgan was asked who the typical Smashing Pumpkins fa… More »

By: James Rettig / December 9, 2014 - 10:05 pm

Billy Corgan Disses Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters On Howard Stern

Billy Corgan was out here slagging off Eddie Vedder in last week’s infamous “top two scribes” interview, and he continued his Pearl Jam diss campaign during a visit to The Howard Stern Show this morning to promote the Smashing Pumpkins’ new Monuments To An Elegy. Noting that he loves competition and hates the friendliness of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 9, 2014 - 3:47 pm

The Smashing Pumpkins @ Webster Hall, NYC 12/8/14

End-of-year lists — including ours — may have already hit the internet, but there are still a few releases left in these waning weeks of 2014. One of them is Monuments To An Elegy, the Smashing Pumpkins’ followup to 2012’s Oceania, and the first in a planned set of sister albums that Billy Corgan ha… More »

By: Ryan Leas / December 9, 2014 - 11:20 am

Watch Marilyn Manson Sing “Ava Adore” With The Smashing Pumpkins In London

The Smashing Pumpkins are about to put out their new album, Monuments To An Elegy, and they celebrated with a show at Koko in London on Friday night. Marilyn Manson was a special guest during the concert and came out during the encore to perform his new song “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge“… More »

By: James Rettig / December 5, 2014 - 6:41 pm

Billy Corgan On Kurt Cobain: “He And I Were The Top Two Scribes, And Everybody Else Was A Distant Third”

We’ve gone way too long without a juicy, self-admiring Billy Corgan quote, but The Independent‘s new interview with Corgan is full of them. Although it’s occasioned by the Smashing Pumpkins’ new Monuments To An Elegy, the interview largely focuses on events from 20 years ago. For instance, when reporter Nick Hasted mentions that Eddie Vedder… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 5, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Premature Evaluation: The Smashing Pumpkins Monuments To An Elegy

The Smashing Pumpkins defy easy narratives, but it seems safe to say the band’s “classic era” ended as soon as its “classic lineup” fractured. The Pumpkins’ immortal first three albums — 1991’s Gish, ’93’s Siamese Dream, and ’95’s Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness — were at least superficially created by the quartet of Billy… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 2, 2014 - 11:54 am

The Smashing Pumpkins Debut New Lineup, Bowie Cover, “Fuck You Anderson Cooper” T-Shirts In Chicago

At their show at Chicago’s Thalia Hall on Wednesday night, the Smashing Pumpkins debuted a new band lineup, played a bunch of songs live for the first time (including a cover of David Bowie’s “Fame”), and started selling merchandise that addresses Billy Corgan’s recent beef with Anderson Cooper. The new lineup — which features Rage… More »

By: James Rettig / November 28, 2014 - 10:48 am

The Smashing Pumpkins – “Drum + Fife”

Earlier this week, the Smashing Pumpkins released the fantastic “Tiberius,” the third single from their upcoming Monuments To An Elegy. As far as I’m concerned, that song was the single best thing Billy Corgan has done since Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. (IMO, the first two Monuments singles, “Being Beige” and “One And All,”… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 21, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Smashing Pumpkins Live Band Now Includes RATM Drummer, Killers Bassist

Smashing Pumpkins have been releasing increasingly promising singles from their upcoming album Monuments To An Elegy, for which Billy Corgan recruited Tommy Lee to bang the drums. Lee won’t be touring with the Pumpkins, but it looks like Corgan has brought in another rock ‘n’ roll lifer to man the drum kit. Rolling Stone report… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 18, 2014 - 2:10 pm
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