Billy Corgan Denies Smashing Pumpkins Breakup Rumors


Story by Cat Badra

The Smashing Pumpkins are not in danger of breaking up, says frontman Billy Corgan

Billy Corgan’s comments are often misconstrued. One example of that is the recent rumor that he will disband his band, the Smashing Pumpkins, after the release of their next two studio albums, “Monuments to an Elegy” and “Day for Night.” The rumors arose following an interview with the Chicago Tribune, in which Corgan implied he would see how the next two albums do and then either “bail on this ship for good, like ‘I’m done,’ or I’m going to have a new ship to sail on.”

That doesn’t mean the band will break up, though. Speaking with NME, Corgan denies any reports that he will disband the Pumpkins. “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,” he said. “It doesn’t frustrate me because I’ll just move on to something else.”

In other news, the Smashing Pumpkins’ double album “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2015, but Corgan says he has no plans to celebrate in the form of anniversary shows.

“I’ve always wanted to drag Smashing Pumpkins forward,” he said. “I’ve got absolutely no interest in looking back. That kind of nostalgia puts an albatross around artists’ necks. I don’t want that. It’s a trend that I think is really regressive.”

The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Monuments to an Elegy” album will arrive on Dec. 9. The follow-up album, “Day for Night,” is set for a 2015 release.



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