Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and touring member Sierra Swan covered Prince’s “The Cross” in honor of the late artist a few days ago. The Pumpkins are currently on their 2016 In Plainsong tour, which has featured guest appearances by founding member James Iha.
Billy Corgan was asked at a recent VIP Q&A if he still wanted the Smashing Pumpkins to make an acoustic based album. Corgan responded that he would be interested in doing an acoustic album, but as a solo album.
“I would say right now I would probably lean towards making a solo album, which the irony would be everybody that was on stage in Chicago would probably be on the album. I just don’t think a Smashing Pumpkins acoustic album is going to work right now, because the expectation is we’re going to go back to playing epic flaming rock, and I don’t have a problem with that. But if I said, ‘Well, I want to do this first, and put it out, and then we’re going to do that.’
If people don’t like that, they’re not going to want to hear the flaming rock album. It’s just the way it works, it’s maddening. The one thing you realize in this journey is you have nothing in the bank account, every time is the first time. Right now is the best period the band has had probably since 1997 or 1998.”
The Smashing Pumpkins’ lineup at their recent Chicago show included Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha, Jeff Schroeder, Katie Cole, and Sierra Swan.