Billy Corgan Reveals What Metallica Documentary Taught Him About Smashing Pumpkins Reunion


Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan was recently interviewed on Last Call with Carson Daly on NBC. Corgan discussed the rumored Smashing Pumpkins original lineup reunion, and Metallica’s film Some Kind of Monster.

“What I eventually came to realize is the strength of The Smashing Pumpkins was really in our personal relationships. When our personal relationships sort of splintered, that’s when the musical thing sort of started falling apart.

So for people who are interested in seeing the band work again as a musical band, there is no way the band could work without those personal relationships having some sort of integrity to them.

As Metallica pointed out in their movie Some Kind of Monster, there’s this fragile thing that happens in bands. In this case, young men grow up together and have to sort of learn to grow old together, in a way that they never anticipated when they were 25 and drinking beers and playing heavy metal or something.”

Corgan also said he is using his real voice on his new album Ogilala, and not a character like on past albums.

“This is the voice I sang with in choir when I was 16 or whatever. What I would say, and it’s not in defense, when you’re trying to find a way to sort of fit in with all this sonic assault, which if anybody knows the Pumpkins sound, the wall of guitar was often associated with us. Trying to figure out a way to fit in, it’s not always the easiest thing to sing over a jet aircraft.”