Billy Corgan rules out playing 20th anniversary gigs for ‘Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness’

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman labels similar concerts "regressive"

Billy Corgan says he will not play any commemorative shows around the 20th anniversary of the Smashing Pumpkins‘ album ‘Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness’.

The album was released in 1995 and will turn 20 in October 2015. However, in a new interview with NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, Corgan rules out the chance of playing the album in full or doing anything else around the anniversary.

“I’ve always wanted to drag Smashing Pumpkins forward,” argues Corgan. “I’ve got absolutely no interest in looking back. That kind of nostalgia puts an albatross around artists’ necks. I dont want that. It’s a trend that I think is really regressive.”

Smashing Pumpkins recently confirmed details of their new album ‘Monuments To An Elegy’. The record features drumming by Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee and follows on from 2012’s ‘Oceania’, which was the band’s first LP in five years. ‘Monuments To An Elegy’ will be released on December 9 and is the first of two upcoming albums.

In the same interview Corgan denies rumours that he will disband the group after the two upcoming albums. Clarifying his statement, Corgan said: “All I’m saying is audiences are not interested in buying rock albums in large quantities any more any more and the music industry refuses to adapt to that. It doesn’t frustrate me because I’ll just move on to something else.”