Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Has Surprising Reaction To D’arcy Trashing Him

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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan was recently interviewed by Mancow, and he was directly asked about his recent falling out with D’arcy Wretzky for the first time. Alternative Nation published an in-depth interview with D’arcy last week where she detailed how she believes she was screwed out of participating in the band’s reunion tour. In the interview she tore into Corgan, even sarcastically suggesting he has a brain tumor.

Alternative Nation transcribed portions of Mancow and Corgan’s exchange about D’arcy.

Mancow asked, “I’ve been around you, we’ve been hanging out as buddies and I know how excited you were to reconnect with an old friend like James [Iha], to reconnect with an old friend like D’arcy. I know you put on a brave face, you’re the leader of the band, and the leader can’t always show emotion, but from a friendship point of view, are you sad about what happened?”

Corgan responded, “Honestly, I don’t really want to talk about it.”

Mancow said he understood, but he had to ask.

Corgan then said, “Yeah, it’s not a problem. I think the difficulty is the world works in a particular way these days, it’s very much like professional wrestling.”

He added, “Listen, there’s a time and a place for everything, and this just isn’t the time.”

He also discussed the Pumpkins looking back at their past so they can really focus on new material as they continue their reunion. He also touched on some people criticizing him for embracing nostalgia based on his past criticism of bands like Soundgarden and Pavement reuniting for tours largely based on old material.

“We want to embrace our history really for the first time, we’ve never done it, and with real positivity. I’ve grumbled about it many times, I really want to embrace our history with positivity and while we’re doing that, it allows us the opportunity to rebuild the band creatively.”

  • Diana

    I went throught William’s instagram page and my god he’s an asshole. So so pretentious.

    • Brendan

      That is such an odd comment. Like half the pictures are of his family.

      • Diana

        The caption for the pictures are ridiculous.

        • jhonn0

          So?

          • Aragon131

            He named his son Augustus Juppiter . His family is not off limits for his pretentious asshole fuckery

          • jhonn0

            Again, “pretentious asshole fuckery” is a bit much if all we’re talking about here is some corny instagram posts. I can see it a big-picture way with him, just seems an odd thing to point out. To me it sounds like, “He wears the color green!? Fuck that guy and his green clothes!”

          • Aragon131

            then look at his career as a whole and you’ll be the complete pattern of pretentious asshole fuckery. You can’t just say “well his instagram posts aren’t bad.” maybe not but WPC is more than his instagram posts. Fuck that guy for wearing green clothes? More like fuck him for writing a conceptual album call “Vibration of Green” naming his soon Kelly Forrest Mint AND for wearing green clothes.

          • jhonn0

            Haha, wow that last bit hits the nail on the head. That’s exactly him!

    • Aragon131

      I’d bet cash he takes pictures of his dick and sends them to himself.

      • Corndog

        Dick picks, in his case, also known as selfies.

        • Aragon131

          SHABAM!

    • SteveWilmos

      Nothing says pretense like a shirtless photo of Ric Flair in a pink boa, right? I expected see some prime examples. Even the captions seem pretty down to earth and toned down relative to the negative hype that’s always in the air. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and guess maybe you went to a knock-off’s page.

    • jhonn0

      So his IG is mostly pictures of his family, but his captions are pretentious, therefore he’s an asshole? Sometimes I feel like y’all are just coming up with any reason to hate the guy.

      • Aragon131

        Yeah cause his 8 hour free form Sidharrtha jam wasn’t pretentious at all.

        • jhonn0

          Not denying he’s pretentious, especially with Siddhartha. But at the same time, that thing was totally free and “come and go as you wish.” It was dumb and pretentious and really easy to make fun of, but ultimately kinda harmless, no?

  • Infected Toenail

    The fact that he’s friends with someone like Mancow says a lot about what kind of person Corgan is…and not in a good way.

    • Aragon131

      Mancow is the same person who leaked that humiliating pic of D’arcy. Wonder how he got that?

      • Corndog

        Who is Mancow, and what was the pic you mentioned?

        • Aragon131

          Mancow is the DJ to whom Billy Spoke in the excerpts published above. Feel free to google the horrible pic Billy had leaked.

          • Corndog

            Cheers:)

    • jhonn0

      Well, Billy and the whole band have known Mancow for a while, and even performed on his show back in the day. He’s a Chicago DJ so it makes sense that they would know each other… that bit isn’t much of a surprise.

  • Corndog

    Picture up top looks like an advert for IBS. “are you suffering from….”

  • Mike

    Took the high road here IMO

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      You bought that?

  • Aragon131

    Mancow was the same DJ who leaked that humiliating (and more than a decade old) picture of a beaten D’arcy last week. That Corgan is talking to him pretty much confirms Corgan behind the leak. Not to mention people in Corgan’s employ accidentally mentioned the existence of the photograph on Facebook prior to it being published.

    • jhonn0

      It really doesn’t prove anything in and of itself. He’s a Chicago DJ, they’ve known each other for a while. You can go wild with speculation if you want to, but that’s all it is right now. I dunno how he got that photo — it seriously could have come from anywhere — or why, but Billy leaking it to him for public consumption seems petty even by his standards, especially since he and D’arcy had until recently been on good terms again. Mancow is garbage for sharing it, either way. I think I know of the person “in Corgan’s employ” you speak of… I seriously question her motives more than anyone’s.

      • Aragon131

        Yes but the ‘good terms’ the two were on. ended just days before the photo was leaked. The person in Corgan’s employ was Linda Strawberry. He mentioned the photo on Facebook. D’arcy has no real motives to speak out. Her tour isn’t hanging in the balance and Corgan has already destroyed her reputation. She has nothing to lose. but you are correct I have no definitive proof I just find the timing deeply suspicious.

        • jhonn0

          Yeah. I admit I’m always trying to give the benefit of the doubt since I don’t know the whole story, but the situation raises so many damn questions that are never answered it’s frustrating. Billy is sort of in a damned-if-you-do-or-don’t position. Seems like he keeps quiet these days to prevent adding fuel to the fire, which is fine, but then his silence is so “loud” it’s suspicious.