Billy Corgan: 'Soundgarden Is Only Back To Make Money'
He says reforming bands just want "one more round at the till". Corgan's band Smashing Pumpkins reformed in 2005.
Posted on Aug 18, 2012 03:01 pm
Billy Corgan who fronts the reformed rock band Smashing Pumpkins has slammed reforming rock bands for being motivated by money.
Corgan, whose recent release of "Oceania" retails for $9.99 on Amazon, singled out bands like Pavement and Soundgarden as acts who simply wanted "one more round at the till.""There are those bands that are essentially coming back only to make money playing their old albums, and maybe somewhere in the back of their minds they're thinking there might be a future," Corgan told a press conference (via NME).
"When Soundgarden came back and they just played their old songs, great. I was a fan of Soundgarden, but call it for what it is. They're just out there to have one more round at the till; same with Pavement and these other bands."I am not in that business, obviously," he insisted. "I condemn anybody who's in that business but doesn't admit he's in that business."
Confusingly, he added: "Without the young fans there is no future for Smashing Pumpkins. We can't run an oldies business. Not only is it boring, it's actually not a very good business."
Let's try to get this straight: Smashing Pumpkins is not motivated by money, but the band will be over if business dies down?
We love Smashing Pumpkins and Billy Corgan, but have to call him out on this one. It's great to see reforming bands, but like he said, you have to call it for what it is: business.