Smashing Pumpkins mainman Billy Corgan once again underlined his pessimistic attitude towards the current state of rock music, revealing plans to put the band's touring activities to a halt, or at least severely reduce them.
During a recent Politiken interview, Corgan described the modern rock world as depressive and hectic, yearning to withdraw his life to a more secluded place.
"What I'm thinking right now is it's the end of an epoch," the singer/guitarist kicked off (via Alternative Nation). "We've almost finished touring with 'Oceania,' and then I will find something new. For right now, I think rock has lost its vigor, and I no longer feel I am part of it. There are virtually no rock bands that has developed as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and Led Zeppelin did. And the public has lost the desire to try something new. So fighting in that world is a waste of time to me."
Corgan explained further, "Maybe I should start playing for a small audience, but at a higher price. Give them an experience that is 10 times as strong as what people get now. Or maybe I'll have to stop touring because I can't afford it. Maybe I'll settle for five concerts a year. In any case, I think you have to get out of this treadmill. Where you use a year to make an album, release it, wait for the judgment of the reviewers, Twitter and Facebook, and then go on tour to promote the record. I think that's over. At least for me."
The frontman then focused specifically on touring and his personal life, pointing out that he doesn't feel like there's anything for him to prove anymore.
"I think about [stopping touring] every day," Corgan said. "For it is a matter of priorities. How important it is to be home with the dogs, being on vacation, to be in the studio. And I've been on tour more than anything in the last 25 years. Right now I live in the same hotel where I was 16 months ago. It's crazy to think about. It feels endless. So maybe it's time to get out of it and create something new.
"We recently played at a festival where I looked at the program for all three days and saw that I had sold more records than all the other bands combined. And yet I was not headlining. So what do I do then? Why stand there and try to prove something, I have already proven?"
Corgan concluded by reminiscing the old days, wishing he could return some of his early life perspective.
"When I started The Smashing Pumpkins in 1988, I didn't think I would sell a lot of records," he said. "It was just to get a reaction from the friend who sat and listened. My world was that small. And maybe it's time to pull me into a world that is smaller, but more dangerous. Because if you create something with great force and integrity, then perhaps the world comes looking for you. And I have shown that I can do that."