Billy Corgan refutes Smashing Pumpkins break-up reports

Singer denies that the band's future rests on the success of new album 'Oceania'

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has said that he has no plans to disband the group, regardless of whether their new album ‘Oceania’ is a success or not.

Corgan had commented last month that he felt that the release of their new album ‘Oceania’ will be a make or break moment for the band, saying that if the album “hits the same wall a lot of the other stuff has hit, we’re going to have to step back and really evaluate where we’re going, because it’s a tremendous amount of energy to put out to just feel like you’re throwing a pebble in the ocean.”

These comments were taken as a signal that Corgan would end the current incarnation of the Pumpkins if the album was not well received, but the singer has now denied this and said that the band has a long future ahead of it.

Asked by about the reports that a bad reception for ‘Oceania’ could spell the end for the band, Corgan replied:

I would say those reports are irresponsible. We are very happy together as a band and as friends, and there are no plans to disband, nor any discussions about disbanding.

He continued:

My point was if ‘Oceania’ is not well received, it would be time to change our focus as a band. I have plenty of projects that have been sitting on the shelf for a while that I’d be more than happy for us to get into. That said, ‘Oceania’ is a record we are very proud of and we hope people feel about it as strongly as we do.

Smashing Pumpkins tour the UK in November.