Billy Corgan speaks out on his political stance following controversial Donald Trump comments

"I'm not anti-anything except establishment"

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has responded to questions surrounding his politics, after past controversial comments made about President Donald Trump.

The rock veteran made headlines last year with comments that many perceived to be in defence of Donald Trump, regarding the ‘water sports’ allegations and Buzzfeed’s handling of his connections to Russia.

However in a new interview with the New York Times, Corgan revealed that has an open view with no political allegiances – having not voted since 1992 when he opted for Bill Clinton, as he grew ever more alienated from the ‘establishment’.

“I’m a free-market libertarian capitalist,” said Corgan. “I’m not anti-anything except establishment. I find institutions and systems suspicious.”

Billy Corgan performing live

While the writer notes that Corgan used various phrases that are commonplace in the Conservative lexicon (as he slammed “fake news,” “Maoists,” and “left-leaning groupthink), he refused to be pigeon-holed with his political beliefs.

“I’m not going to be defined by other people’s version of the shadow world,” he added. “I’m not going to sit here and hold myself up as Mr. Pure, nor have I ever. I’m not a virtue-signaler. I have no agenda. I’m not a politician.”

Meanwhile, Corgan also said that “this is the happiest time” that the Smashing Pumpkins have ever experienced as a band, but that bridges with former bassist D’Arcy Wretzky have been burned “forever” following their public feud.

Producer Rick Rubin also added that their new material fits nicely alongside the “classic” Pumpkins albums of the ’90s.

With new material due for release in May across a string of EPs, the band are also gearing up for a US arena tour – with further world tour dates expected to be announced shortly.