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Billy Corgan says Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ is the last “guitar-driven music that reached the masses”

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Billy Corgan has praised Green Day's 2004 album 'American Idiot' as being the last 'guitar-driven music to reach the masses'. Read more: Why Green Day Are The Greatest Living Punk Band The album – which included the hit title track – was dubbed a 'punk rock opera' by the band and went on to become Green Day's first ever number...

Melissa Auf Der Maur speaks out on the current Smashing Pumpkins ‘reunion’ line-up

Melissa Auf Der Maur has spoken out to lend her support to the current incarnation of Smashing Pumpkins, having not been invited to be part of their reunion. This week saw the Pumpkins announce ‘Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun’ – the first album to feature founding Pumpkins members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and...

Billy Corgan writes two-part essay explaining why he isn’t Taylor Swift’s father

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Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan has posted an extremely long and existential essay in response to a meme that playfully suggests he could be related to Taylor Swift. An image has been making the rounds showing a side-by-side image of Swift and Corgan which highlights their facial similarities. The image comes from TotallyLooksLike.com. Corgan responded by posting the image on Instagram and...

Billy Corgan is ‘done playing the heel’ as he returns to Disneyland for another ‘absolutely miserable time’

Smashing Pumpkins' frontman Billy Corgan has revealed that he's "done playing the heel" - as well as making light of the viral photo of him being "miserable" at Disneyland. Buy Smashing Pumpkins tickets here Back in 2015, the rock veteran went viral when a photo of him riding a rollercoaster at Disneyland while looking less than pleased became an online...

Police show up to ‘shakedown’ Smashing Pumpkins’ tiny ‘1979’ house party

This weekend saw Smashing Pumpkins play a special '1979' house party, before police arrived to shut it down. Check out footage, photos and the setlist below. Following the majority of the band's 'classic' line-up performing a comeback gig at The Troubadour, the Pumpkins then took over a house and garden in LA for a special show to recreate scenes in...

Watch Billy Corgan hunt for freedom from mime guards and tracksuited captors in Smashing Pumpkins’ bizarre ‘Solara’ video

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Smashing Pumpkins have shared their bizarre new video for comeback single 'Solara'. The track is the first to be released since three-quarters of the band's classic line-up reunited. The current line-up of the group is original members frontman Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, plus guitarist Jeff Schroeder. Bassist Jack Bates and keyboardist Katie Cole will...

Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha speaks out on Billy Corgan’s feud with D’arcy Wretzky

Smashing Pumpkins' guitarist James Iha has defended frontman Billy Corgan over his ongoing feud with former bassist D'Arcy Wretzky. Buy Smashing Pumpkins tour tickets here The core of the original ‘classic’ Pumpkins’ line-up is now back on the road with Corgan, guitarist James Iha, and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin joined by longtime collaborator Jeff Schroeder and touring bassist Jack Bates. However,...

Billy Corgan responds to D’Arcy Wretzky’s claims that he ‘has a brain tumour’

Billy Corgan has responded to former Smashing Pumpkins' bassist D'Arcy Wretzky's claims that he has a 'brain tumour', as well as further discussing their deteriorating relationship. The feud between Corgan and Wretzky has worsened throughout 2018, with the pair often coming to blows via interviews and online comments. Now, with the core of the original 'classic' Pumpkins' line-up back on...

Smashing Pumpkins release comeback single ‘Solara’

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Smashing Pumpkins have released their comeback single, 'Solara'. Check it out below. It's the first Pumpkins song to feature founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin since 2000. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rx9ya42QLXs Although it's just the audio released so far, Billy Corgan last month teased the official music video for the track. A photo shared on Instagram shows the frontman in a similar robe-like...

Billy Corgan thinks that metal music is looked down upon by rich people and hipsters

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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has spoken out about how he believes that metal music has always been looked down upon by the upper classes and hipsters. Corgan was speaking to Beats1 Radio for another edition of It's Electric by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, when he looked back on the music that shaped him in his youth. “For years I would...