Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan performed with the supergroup Royal Machines on Monday night in Los Angeles. The band features former Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, former Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle drummer Josh Freese, former The Cult bassist Billy Morrison, and Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney. Corgan and Royal Machines performed The Smashing Pumpkins classic “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” and Jane’s Addiction’s “Mountain Song”. Corgan and Navarro were bandmates in the shortlived supergroup Spirits in the Sky, who played some shows in Southern California in 2009 with then new Smashing Pumpkins drummer Mike Byrne.
Corgan discussed playing with Navarro in Spirits of the Sky in a 2009 MTV interview.
“I’m having a strange renaissance with the guitar solo,” he said. “I think playing with Dave Navarro on the Spirits in the Sky tour reignited my desire to totally go there. He was just kicking my rear all over the place. He’s so good, and it made me get competitive.”
As Corgan points out, you have to go toe-to-toe with Navarro on the guitar because it’s difficult to compete with him in other areas. “You can’t compete with the abs,” he said. “He’s about the handsomest guy ever — girls are melting over railings to get to him. The solo is the only way to compete!”
Watch video of Billy Corgan and Dave Navarro playing “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” below.