Bradford Cox stops a show for a 15-minute story about a fight with Billy Corgan – watch

North Carolina brings back memories for the Deerhunter frontman

While in Asheville, North Carolina, on Friday Bradford Cox stopped a Deerhunter gig to tell a 15-minute story about the time he had a fight with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan.

Cox was referring to the week-long stint the band spent supporting Corgan’s group at a venue called the Orange Peel. It was revisiting the same venue that prompted this tale.

In 2007, after Deerhunter had come off stage, Cox reached for a bottle of water and was apparently shouted at and harassed by a “25-foot tall Samoan bodyguard guy” who informed him he had wrongfully taken “Mr Corgan’s water”.


Somebody caught the whole rant on video, in which Cox can be heard saying that the bodyguard grabbed him, “and he pushes me up against a wall and our bass player at the time, Josh…lunges at this guy and defends me.”

Apparently on the next day of what Cox dubs “our torture camp for the fucking Smashing Pumpkins” he’s summoned to a meeting with Billy Corgan, who proceeds to reprimand him.

“I’m smoking a cigarette at this side door area and this lady comes out and says ‘Yo, Mr Corgan needs to see you’ and I think maybe he wants to thank us… [Corgan] says to me, ‘I hear you’ve been causing a lot of trouble. Do you know who you are? You’re shit. You’re a shitty little insignificant fucking indie rock band and you’re invited – not by me, who knows by what fucking idiot in my managment did this – but you were invited to open for the Smashing Pumpkins’. He looks at me and projects every little bit of shit in his bowels right out of his anal mouth onto my young soft face and it was fucked up.”

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