Watch Billy Corgan Front Nine Inch Nails & Jane’s Addiction Supergroup

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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.

  • Nikolas Sanow

    He’s a batshit insane right winger and transphobic. https://www.salon.com/2017/10/13/billy-corgan-politics/

    • Berkeley5th

      I suppose that means he shouldn’t be allowed to play the guitar and write songs anymore? Or that his contributions to the world of art and music are somehow tainted, less important and no longer appreciable? He’s an art school outcast with a drug-addict father. They don’t all turn out the same.

      • Nikolas Sanow

        It means that there shouldn’t be glowing media appraisals of a rich white guy when his incredibly problematic behavior gets a media pass. He can do whatever he likes, but whitewashing bigoted crackpots is pretty bad form on every level.

      • Nikolas Sanow

        And yes, his contributions are absolutely tainted. Any fan or listener can make their own decisions, but I can’t help but think about his current behavior whenever I hear SP.

        • Berkeley5th

          So to clarify, Bowie gets a pass for actual nazism because he’s on the left, and Corgan’s work is forever tainted because he appeared on Alex Jones. See, Dead Kennedy’s were my first love, Rage Against The Machine is killer from front to back and I can listen to Bowie all day long. Ted Nugent is batshit crazy but I’ll still put “Stranglehold” on back to back with “Bombtrack” and “Let’s Lynch The Landlord” anyday and not feel a damn thing but pure joy and love of music. Don’t deprive your ears of beauty of such things. Life is too short.

    • CJ

      Were you saying the same thing when he made numerous appearances on (liberal) Bill Maher’s show in the late ’90s and 2000? (SP played his show that year – see YouTube)

      • Nikolas Sanow

        If he had been espousing rightwing conspiracy theories and spewing bigotry at those times…

        • Berkeley5th

          David Bowie had a “Thin White Duke” phase flirting with neo-nazism and made a few nasty racist comments, where is your hate for Bowie? There is none, because he is an artist. Art is provocative, enjoy it or change the channel. Free to be. Celebrate our differences. No homogeny of thought. This is coming from a dude in Berkeley.

          • Nikolas Sanow

            I missed the part where Billy Corgan’s behaviors have anything to do with Bowie, and the part of this article that was about Bowie at all. While the Duke stuff was problematic, Bowie did counter that it was theatrics, in poor taste, and that he is absolutely not a fascist. Corgan glad hands with ALEX JONES, and has never apologized or made amends for his transphobic statements. Nothing about his art is provacative in this sense. I guess Berkeley is home to trans hate apologists.

          • CJ

            You’re right that he never apologized for that one transphobic incident (which was about personal grudges and accusations of stealing an idea for an effects pedal and that aftermath) but you – and clearly others here, at Stereogum, etc. – were clearly too young to be aware of or did know but hypocritically chose not to be mad at Corgan for his association with controversial lefties like Bill Maher (who has a history of racist “jokes” for one thing). Corgan has always been drawn to alternative political thought, whether its the left or the right. So you either ignore it and just enjoy the music or don’t listen and just continue bitchin’ about him on site like this – which accomplishes nothing.

    • Chris

      Shut up. He’s a good person. Deal with it.

      • Nikolas Sanow

        Lol. Your standards are obviously lower than mine.