Billy Corgan Reacts To Report That He Has Quit Smashing Pumpkins


TMZ recently did a story about Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan’s NWA wrestling promotion working with actor and former WCW World Heavyweight Champion David Arquette, with Arquette wrestling Jocephus in a match where the loser got their head shaved (Arquette won). The report called Corgan the ‘former’ singer of The Smashing Pumpkins, insinuating that he had quit the band sometime in the last month since the Pumpkins wrapped up their 2018 tour.

The story stated, “NWA President and former Smashing Pumpkins frontman, Billy Corgan, kept the 2 men apart during the faceoff at the Pinnacle Family Entertainment Center in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Jocephus stormed the stage with a VHS copy of Arquette’s 2000 pro wrestling movie “Ready to Rumble” … mocking him as an actor and implying he had no business trying to measure up in the ring.”

Corgan responded on his Instagram story, “We made TMZ again with the NWA. Much appreciated! But if I’m the former singer for Smashing Pumpkins, I guess I should stop writing new songs for the band LOL.”

Billy Corgan is currently writing songs for a new Smashing Pumpkins album titled Shiny and Oh So Bright Vol. 2, and he is also working on material for a Smashing Pumpkins Christmas album. Both are expected to be released later in 2019, along with a new Billy Corgan double solo album. The Smashing Pumpkins released Shiny and Oh So Bright Vol. 1/LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. in November, the first album to reunite Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin since the MACHINA albums in 2000.

  • Richard Giles

    What a bullshit article.

  • Gary

    Former is correct (and yes Billy’s you should stop writing new songs) – the band only exists in Billy mind at this point – nobody else cares – except Brett Buchanan who is attempting to single-highhandedly relaunch the Smashing Pumpkins and Billy’s career by incessantly writing hack articles for Alternative Nation.

    What kind of gig is this Brett? Does someone pay you to “write” “articles” summarizing other articles and twitter threads? There is a lot going on in music. There are a lot of opportunities to actually contribute in a legitimate way.

    • Chris

      Im pretty sure that there are under 100 followers of this web site lol

      • Alternative Nation

        69 to be exact.

      • Cunt Fuckula

        lol I come here for the comments only. WAY better than the actual “content”..

  • Mikey 🐮💩🐙🐧🐒🐸🐰

    LOL! Billy made a joke! He’s a funny guy! Not a psychopath at all! LOL! Oh, that silly Billy.. such a kidder

  • mikesmaddie

    TMZ: “And we would have gotten away with it it hadn’t been for that meddling cue ball…er, we mean, Billy Corgan.”

  • Disappearing_Boy_39

    Haha, headline fail. Yes, the Pumpkins are very much alive in 2019. They just wrapped up a major tour (the sold out show at MSG was amazing) and released a new album, which I enjoyed. I’m hoping they take even bigger risks in 2019 with Shiny and Oh So Bright Vol. 2.

  • Lazarus

    When was Corgan ever a singer?