Let's face it. Smashing Pumpkins head honcho Billy Corgan has never exactly been a man to keep his thoughts to himself. So it perhaps comes as no surprise that the 90s alternative megastar has an axe to grind, as a recent interview at SXSW has proved. According to Spinner, Corgan had some rather damning criticisms to make of his younger counterparts, comparing modern music practises to prostitution:
"[Once you make that deal] you're just the fresh stripper... [Artists that break through now] have grown up thinking that being famous is the goal... Not to be respected - not to be dangerous... Don't call it rock and roll... I was part of a generation that changed the world - and it was taken over by poseurs."
Perhaps surprisingly, Corgan in spite of his comments on modern music, was quite forgiving of Lana Del Ray, after her recent performance on "Saturday Night Live", which many considered a debacle:
"It doesn't surprise me that she crashed and burned, because she wasn't ready for it... I didn't think it was that bad."
Corgan is set to release the 9th Smashing Pumpkins studio album this spring. The record, titled "Oceania". According to Spinner, the record is "an album within an album" and will constitute part of the band's 44-track concept piece "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope".
Meanwhile, outside of music, Corgan is exploring other creative and business ventures. The singer announced via his Twitter feed that he was opening his own Tea shop in his native Illinois recently. Perhaps more surprising is that he has also formed his own Wrestling league, Resistance Pro.