‘More and more of the audience is fixated on the past,’ says frontman and founder
Smashing Pumpkins founder and frontman Billy Corgan says the future of the band is “murky.”
The group initially split in 2000, but Corgan reactivated the band name with a new line-up in 2007.
Speaking to Peru’s Radio Oasis, Corgan commented: “The future of the Smashing Pumpkins is kinda murky. I’ve only committed to the idea of The Smashing Pumpkins through, pretty much, to the end of this year. After that I’m gonna see how it goes.”
“I feel like I really need to evaluate the musical purpose of the Pumpkins,” he continued. “Because more and more of the audience is fixated on the past. I know a lot of the audience will say, ‘Well, I like your music better from the ’90s, than say the music you’re making today.’ But I know they’re not listening to the music of today, as much as they were listening to that music. And they’re also not listening in the same contextual thing.
“I’m the type of artist that I don’t wanna sort of exist in something that is sort of fading like an iceberg into the past.”
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Billy Corgan also told his audience in Peru that he no longer wants to be known by the name Billy and that he prefers William.
Smashing Pumpkins performed on Corgan’s birthday at Lima’s Jockey Club on March 17. A cake was brought out to celebrate the frontman turning 48 and the audience sang Happy Birthday for him.
However, clearly unhappy with the audience singing “Happy birthday, dear Billy” he corrected the fans and said: “My name is not Billy. My name is William.” The crowd then began chanting the name, to which he replied: “My mother thanks you, in Heaven.”
Smashing Pumpkins’ tenth album ‘Monuments To An Elegy’ was released last year, with another record entitled ‘Day For Night’ expected later this year.
In December 2014, the singer dismissed fellow ’90s alt-rockers Pearl Jam as “derivative” and Foo Fighters as undeveloped, adding that Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins were in a class of their own. “I think the work speaks for itself,” he said.