Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Reacts To Snub From Melissa auf der Maur


Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan was asked on Instagram about his former bandmate Melissa auf der Maur not inviting him to the Courtney Love tribute show that will be held in New York on October 27th.

A fan asked, “Were you invited to Courtney Love’s tribute held by Melissa and Michael Stipe?”

Corgan responded, “Was not. But did not take offense. Not my crowd.”

Melissa auf der Maur has had no role in The Shiny and Oh So Bright tour, and was not involved in the 30th anniversary performance in New Jersey which featured numerous special guests.

Former Hole bandmates Courtney Love and Melissa auf der Maur will both appear at a show celebrating Love on October 27th in Hudson, New York. Melissa played with Courtney in Hole from 1994 to 1999 before leaving to join The Smashing Pumpkins for a year. Love and auf der Maur reunited for a one off Hole classic lineup performance in 2012.

Rolling Stone reports that Basilica Hudson’s biennial Pioneering People fundraiser will honor Courtney Love. Dubbed “A Tribute: Celebrating the Magic and the Power,” this year’s event features a star-studded group of hosts, including Michael Stipe, Chloë Sevigny, the National’s Aaron Dessner, director Miles Joris-Peyrafitt, photographer Ryan McGinley and Ebon Moss-Bachrach, among others.

Produced and creative directed by Love’s former Hole bandmate Melissa Auf der Maur, alongside artist Joe Mama-Nitzberg, the event will feature conversations, readings, videos and performances that will “shine a light on all of the ways that Love has influenced culture and inspired women and marginalized people.”

“Courtney’s legacy is vital to the voice of women in our culture. The passion she brings to her life and art fuels and inspires the long fought battle for the empowerment of alternative voices as they take center stage at last!,” Auf der Maur, who is also Basilica Hudson’s cofounder and director, said in a statement.

“As the founder and frontwoman of the band Hole, and through her escapades as a Hollywood actress and all-around empowered voice for over three decades, Courtney broke new ground, combining lyrics of intellectual and intellectual acuity with music of a singular power to create a body of work with riveting emotional intensity.”