Billy Corgan Reveals How ‘Fake News’ Contributed To Smashing Pumpkins Feud


Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discussed reconciling with the original lineup in a new Rolling Stone interview, and how communicating through the press was not a good thing.

Corgan is thrilled they are finally all on good terms after years of talking primarily through the press. “Communicating solely through the fog of media is obviously not the best way to communicate in the era of fake news,” Corgan says with a laugh. “Often times I would try to explain to people that the issues were more familial than they were musical. People just don’t believe you. Maybe because they don’t want to since it’s not as interesting.”

He blames the tension that ultimately erupted in the band to their relentless work schedule in the 1990s. “We were in a pressure cooker for 13, 14 years,” he says. “We were literally together almost non-stop for a long time. We did a lot of work and we put ourselves through some crazy shit. When the family thing broke, it was one of those things like, ‘Hey, have you talked to your cousin?’ ‘Eh, I love him, but you know, whatever.’ So it was like that for a long time, and now that that’s over, and the family thing is resolved, it’s awesome.”

Watch Corgan perform Siamese Dream classics on Facebook below.