Pearl Jam have launched a ticket lottery system recently that drew backlash from fans due to Ticketmaster not properly communicating with fans, but the idea to lock in tickets with the original buyer through a constantly changing bar code on the Ticketmaster app has gotten a lot of praise. Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan was asked about the ticketing system in a new Instagram story Q&A. While Corgan said he wasn’t aware of the details, he liked the idea of rewarding fans.
The fan asked, “Thoughts on Pearl Jam’s ticketing to prevent scalpers? Would you ever do similarly?” Corgan responded, “Not aware but anything that rewards fans for loyalty is a good thing.” Corgan also said he had been asked to perform at a Presidential inauguration in the past, though he didn’t clarify if it was by President Trump, President Obama, President Bush, or President Clinton.
Corgan also discussed recording the new Smashing Pumpkins album, saying that James Iha and Jeff Schroeder have recorded their guitar parts. He also recently told 102.9 The Buzz, “It’s currently 21 songs. I’ve been working on it for over a year. It’s pretty different — in a good way, I think. Everybody that’s heard it likes it a lot, so that’s a good sign.
We’re gonna do some touring. We’re playing a big festival in Atlanta — I think in April or May — Shaky Knees. I’m not sure we’re playing Nashville this year. Actually, I think we might. I might be giving a secret away. We might be doing a little ‘surprisey’ gig soon.” Billy Corgan recently made a heartbreaking Eddie Vedder claim.
Pearl Jam recently began sending out ticket and seating locations to fans who bought tickets via the Ticketmaster lottery, where being a Ten Club member was required, with many fans anxious about their ticket locations.