"At some point you've got to fight this fight or go away," the frontman says
Billy Corgan has said that he might split up Smashing Pumpkins following the release of two planned albums in 2015.
Corgan has already confirmed forthcoming LPs ‘Monuments To An Elegy’ and ‘Day For Night’ for 2015, however the future of the Chicago band – who previously split in 2000 and reformed in 2006 – has now been called into question.
Speaking to the Chicago Tribune, Corgan explained that the decision would in part be down to public reception of the new records: “When this [new album] process is over, I’m either going to bail on this ship for good, like ‘I’m done,’ or I’m going to have a new ship to sail on.”
He went on to elaborate, saying it was increasingly difficult to continue releasing new material when public demand was largely for the band’s older records. “How do you say, ‘I still matter’? How do you say, ‘How does one of my contemporaries get treated like a contemporary artist, and how do I get treated like I’m supposed to play ‘Siamese Dream’ for the rest of my life?'” he added. “At some point you’ve got to fight this fight or go away.”
Continuing, Corgan states: “To go back under the Smashing Pumpkins name engendered a lot of people expecting us to be nothing more than a reunion band, playing its greatest hits, and with a fan base not particularly keen to listen to the new music. What I try to tell people that get caught up in the reunion kind of concepts – like where are the original members and stuff like this – the band was founded on an idea that it must be progressive and it must always be moving forward.”
Following the recent departure of drummer Mike Byrne, Corgan has confirmed that the only other current member of the band is guitarist Jeff Shroeder.
Guest drummer Tommy Lee, formerly of Motley Crue, meanwhile has stated that ‘Monuments To An Elegy’ is like the band’s earlier work. “I think he has probably the best record he’s ever written,” Lee says. “These are like epic, goosebump songs. It sounds like the first couple of Smashing Pumpkins records. I was fucking blown away.”