Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Denies Band Breakup Rumors

2011-10-05

Smashing Pumpkins are here to stay, says Billy Corgan

Judging by Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan’s statement to Billboard.com that if the band’s upcoming album, Oceania, doesn’t do well, the Pumpkins might have to “really evaluate where we’re going,” many were speculating an impending band split. But, don’t fret too much over Corgan’s words, because he’s now backtracking and saying that’s not at all what he implied.

When asked for his thoughts on the rumors swirling around a possible Pumpkins passing if Oceania isn’t well-received, Corgan told Crestfallen.com, “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 went on to clarity what he really meant to communicate: “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.”

So, there’s little to worry about, because it sounds as if Corgan and company are as strong as ever and just trying to figure out where they fit in the post-‘90s musical climate. The Smashing Pumpkins are playing a handful of North American shows this fall, which is a warm-up to the band’s in-the-works, longer round of touring in 2012.

 




Posted by Charles Ken | Alternative, Music, Rock News

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