Billy Corgan: 'American girls are sluts'

Smashing Pumpkins close Carling Weekend: Reading Festival 2007

That outfit is just smashing - Smashing Pumpkins, Main Stage, Carling Weekend : Reading, August 26, 2007. Pic: Guy Eppel
Smashing Pumpkins closed the main stage at Carling Weekend: Reading Festival tonight (August 26).

Taking to the stage at 10pm BST, the Chicago band made their way through 90 minutes of material old and new.

The full moon was amplified against a cloudless sky as they tore through favourites including 'Tonight, Tonight', '1979' and 'Today'.

Midway through the set stage cameras panned the crowd, which included a scantily clad young woman, about whom Corgan commented "There's something about a girl who's willing to take her top off so quickly."

"American girls are sluts too," he added. "See - isn't it great to be alternative - You can say all those things."

Corgan then launched into a solo acoustic version of '1979'.

"We're very humbled to be back on this stage," Corgan concluded at the end of the show "Yes, miracles can happen."


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