Billy Corgan Explains Lead Singer Disease Diagnosis

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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discussed Lead Singer Disease in a new Instagram post.

“This is a post of appreciation. Which is something I’ve done far too little of in these years of being in the ‘ol spotlight; which, depending who you ask, can be an intoxicating, humiliating, frightening, exhilarating, denigrating. Which might explain what people in the biz like to call LSD: lead singer disease. But what I’d like to say applies to life, too. And business, or the business of life.

So let’s start with my partner, Chloe. Who is a wonderful person, and without whom, I believe, I wouldn’t be enjoying as much public acclaim (although the stabilizing of life behind the scenes is now 6 years in and counting). Then there’s James, Jimmy, Jeff, Jack, and Katie, all of us still on this magical Shiny tour. And Howard, who is helping me mix the new solo album. And Linda editing the new Silvery video. The point being I can name lots of names, most you wouldn’t know, who help with so many things: staging, management, home, etc. For a big life requires lots of assistance and care.

And then there’s @brandonrike and his team, who’ve done the fantastic art for the tour and now, new SP LP (No Past. No Future, No Sun.) And it dawned on me the other day looking at this art then when I’ve been my best and led by example, others, like Brandon, have rallied around my efforts and helped make the incredible videos, and done so many things for us, quietly, that I could write a whole book of just those contributions. So yes, it’s easy to say I-I-I-I, and sometimes it is a fair statement, but more often then not it is inaccurate.

In pro wrestling, at the @NWA, we work as a team, celebrate as a team and often commiserate as a team, and thanks to the leadership of David Lagana (NWA VP) we’ve built the kind of contributory culture that I wished I’d understood better as a young man, so that I could have more readily shown my appreciation. Yet, and this is no excuse, the music business SP entered was, and still can be, very predatory, which used dividing us personally as a way to conquer us professionally (which is another story for another time). So yes this is a celebratory message, however hamfisted, to say I am grateful for all the help I’ve received, and continue to receive.”

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This is a post of appreciation. Which is something I've done far too little of in these years of being in the 'ol spotlight; which, depending who you ask, can be an intoxicating, humiliating, frightening, exhilarating, denigrating. Which might explain what people in the biz like to call LSD: lead singer disease. But what I'd like to say applies to life, too. And business, or the business of life. So let's start with my partner, Chloe. Who is a wonderful person, and without whom, I believe, I wouldn't be enjoying as much public acclaim (although the stabilizing of life behind the scenes is now 6 years in and counting). Then there's James, Jimmy, Jeff, Jack, and Katie, all of us still on this magical Shiny tour. And Howard, who is helping me mix the new solo album. And Linda editing the new Silvery video. The point being I can name lots of names, most you wouldn't know, who help with so many things: staging, management, home, etc. For a big life requires lots of assistance and care. And then there's @brandonrike and his team, who've done the fantastic art for the tour and now, new SP LP (No Past. No Future, No Sun.) And it dawned on me the other day looking at this art then when I've been my best and led by example, others, like Brandon, have rallied around my efforts and helped make the incredible videos, and done so many things for us, quietly, that I could write a whole book of just those contributions. So yes, it's easy to say I-I-I-I, and sometimes it is a fair statement, but more often then not it is inaccurate. In pro wrestling, at the @NWA, we work as a team, celebrate as a team and often commiserate as a team, and thanks to the leadership of David Lagana (NWA VP) we've built the kind of contributory culture that I wished I'd understood better as a young man, so that I could have more readily shown my appreciation. Yet, and this is no excuse, the music business SP entered was, and still can be, very predatory, which used dividing us personally as a way to conquer us professionally (which is another story for another time). So yes this is a celebratory message, however hamfisted, to say I am grateful for all the help I've received, and continue to receive.

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