Billy Corgan Explains Soundgarden Rant

artist: smashing pumpkins date: 09/03/2012 category: general music news
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Billy Corgan Explains Soundgarden Rant
The Smashing Pumpkins frontman had recently complained about old bands like Soundgarden reforming "for another round at the till" without giving fans new music. How does he feel now that Soundgarden have announced new material? Billy Corgan has explained his recent rant against Soundgarden, where he claimed they and other recently reunited acts like Pavement were only back "to have one more round at the till." His comments seemed unfair considering that he fronts a reformed Smashing Pumpkins and is currently promoting their new album "Oceania". Speaking to Channel 93.3 in Denver (via Blabbermouth), Corgan explained why he took this stance against his former friends in Soundgarden. "Well, there's a little bit of a backstory there. [Soundgarden frontman] Chris Cornell was somebody I considered a friend, and would never have said a harsh word about. When [Smashing Pumpkins] came back in 2007, he was quoted in an interview saying, basically, he didn't consider our reunion, in quotations, to be "legitimate." He continued: "If they wanna punch me in the face, I'm happy to punch them back in the face." He goes on to poke fun at Cornell's urban pop album from 2008 which was produced by Timbaland. Corgan says his point was that some newly reformed bands are only doing a reunion lap to earn extra money rather than make fresh music for fans to enjoy, though he respects that Soundgarden have since announced a new album to be titled "King Animal". "That's what they should be doing," Corgan said. "[They're] great musicians, they should make new music, and hopefully they'll make great albums, because we need artists to make great albums and great music in this day and age of the robots and the posers." Was Corgan a hypocrite, or does he make a fair point about some reforming bands who ride on their old success rather than treat fans to new material? It's an interesting topic, and we'd love to hear your opinion in the comments.
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