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

"It's a great time in my life"

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.

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 sensation:

Now, Corgan has made light of the sun by sharing a photo of himself with his son back at the resort, telling fans: “At Disneyland, having an absolutely miserable time. (Note the fake smiles on our faces as evidence).”

Part of the reason the photo went viral in the first place was largely due to Corgan’s long-standing reputation as a negative cynic. Now however, he’s revealed that he’s “done playing the class A heel” as the Pumpkins return with their ‘classic’ line-up reunited.

“It’s more of a gossip type of thing, and you can play into that, but ultimately it doesn’t really do what you hoped it would do, which is get people to listen to the music,” Corgan told Loudwire. “I don’t think the guy printed it in the New York Times interview, but I said, ‘I’m done playing that guy’.

“I did it because I enjoyed it. I thought it was fun. I thought I made a lot of good points through the years that exposed the hypocrisy of much of the media complex as far as how they treat celebrity, that they’re really not interested in the work, they’re more interested in what the work gives them in terms of opportunity of creating clickbait and stuff like that.”

Speaking of his current mind-set, Corgan continued: “So I’m pretty settled at 51 years old. My life is about music and being an artist. I’m blessed to play with such tremendous musicians who are great collaborators, friends, family. I’m blessed to still want to write music, and especially with my partners.

“It’s a great time in my life. Like Jeff, who’s obviously in this with us, he and I, we’re 12 years into this journey together, that’s a tremendous journey, and just Jeff and I alone, we’ve had the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows. So it’s a great time to be in the band.”

Smashing Pumpkins, 2018

With the band clearly in high spirits, Smashing Pumpkins marked their comeback at the weekend with a special and intimate ‘1979’ house party – before it was shut down by police.

Last month saw guitarist James Iha also spoke out in defence of Corgan with regards to the band’s ongoing feud with former bassist D’Arcy Wretzky.

After recently returning with comeback single ‘Solara‘, it has also been announced that  Smashing Pumpkins will be playing London’s SSE Wembley Arena on October 16. They’ll also be playing a show in Bologna, Italy on October 18. Tickets are available here.

More news on the release of new Smashing Pumpkins material is expected in the weeks ahead.