Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan tells crowd he wants to be known as ‘William’ – watch

Frontman addressed audience in Lima, Peru earlier this week

Billy Corgan told an audience in Peru that he no longer wants to be known by the name and that he prefers William.

Smashing Pumpkins performed at Lima’s Jockey Club on Tuesday (March 17), a date that also happens to be Corgan’s birthday. 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.” Watch footage of the moment now.

Smashing Pumpkins’ tenth album ‘Monuments to an Elegy’ was released last year, with another record entitled ‘Day for Night’ expected for 2015.

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.