Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan was recently interviewed by Mancow, and he was directly asked about his recent falling out with D’arcy Wretzky for the first time. Alternative Nation published an in-depth interview with D’arcy last week where she detailed how she believes she was screwed out of participating in the band’s reunion tour. In the interview she tore into Corgan, even sarcastically suggesting he has a brain tumor.
Alternative Nation transcribed portions of Mancow and Corgan’s exchange about D’arcy.
Mancow asked, “I’ve been around you, we’ve been hanging out as buddies and I know how excited you were to reconnect with an old friend like James [Iha], to reconnect with an old friend like D’arcy. I know you put on a brave face, you’re the leader of the band, and the leader can’t always show emotion, but from a friendship point of view, are you sad about what happened?”
Corgan responded, “Honestly, I don’t really want to talk about it.”
Mancow said he understood, but he had to ask.
Corgan then said, “Yeah, it’s not a problem. I think the difficulty is the world works in a particular way these days, it’s very much like professional wrestling.”
He added, “Listen, there’s a time and a place for everything, and this just isn’t the time.”
He also discussed the Pumpkins looking back at their past so they can really focus on new material as they continue their reunion. He also touched on some people criticizing him for embracing nostalgia based on his past criticism of bands like Soundgarden and Pavement reuniting for tours largely based on old material.
“We want to embrace our history really for the first time, we’ve never done it, and with real positivity. I’ve grumbled about it many times, I really want to embrace our history with positivity and while we’re doing that, it allows us the opportunity to rebuild the band creatively.”