Quote: "We get our a**es kicked by EDM or some of these artists that are more keyboard and drum machine and reverb. They're engaging in new technology. Guitar isn't new technology - there are only so many ways you can warp it around. Radiohead was probably the last band that really did anything new with the guitar." Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan tells Entertainment Weekly why he thinks rock music is losing fans and popularity.
Fact: Smashing Pumpkins rocker Billy Corgan set up shop in Chicago, Illinois and New York on Monday (08Dec14) to offer fans the chance to purchase the band's new album, Monuments to an Elegy, on vinyl, a day before its official release. The Big Apple pop-up store was located at Physical GraffiTea, which is located in the same building featured on Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti album cover. Other band merchandise and Christmas gifts were also available at the temporary East Coast store.
Fact: Smashing Pumpkins stars Billy Corgan and Jeff Schroeder joined former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook and his band, the Light, for a cover of Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart at their show in Chicago, Illinois last week (ends14Nov14). Corgan sang the classic track while Schroeder joined his bandmate and Hook's act on guitar.
Fact: Smashing Pumpkins star Billy Corgan is reportedly in talks to turn his wrestling world into a new U.S. Tv series. The singer/songwriter launched his independent pro-wrestling organisation Resistance Pro in 2011 and now it's set to be the basis for a new reality show, according to ThePulseofRadio.com.
Tweet: "I think I've got math right this year. Today is 25th (anniversary) of 1st (Smashing Pumpkins) show. My thanks to all for an amazing run." Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan thanked his army of fans on Tuesday (09Jul13) for their ongoing support over his band's 25-year history.
Fact: Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has fronted a bizarre new furniture ad in a bid to promote his new wrestling company. In the odd ad for Walter E. Smithe Furniture, the rocker calls on his Resistance Pro Wrestling fighters for help when he is bullied by a suited businessman in a wrestling ring game of musical chairs.
Tweet: "We buried our brother Dennis Flemion today. Know that your messages of support for the family and his music have given them great comfort." Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan said a final farewell to his rocker pal on Monday (16Jul12). The Frogs star died during a swim in Wisconsin earlier this month (Jul12).
Quote: "I have nothing to do with her, don't want anything to do with her. Done. D-O-n-e in capital letters... I stood by her one too many times and, like anybody else who's stood by her, you get kicked in the teeth, that's it." Smashing Pumpkins star Billy Corgan is adamant he wants nothing more to do with his ex-lover and former pal Courtney Love.
Tweet: "Sad to hear of the passing of Davy Jones! Met him just last year, was very kind to me. Monkees should have been in R 'n R Hof (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) years ago". Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is rocked by The Monkees frontman's sudden death on Wednesday (29Feb12).
Tweet: "We are holding open auditions for those interested in joining @Resistance_Pro on January 12th in Chicago. Have a dream to be in the ring?" Smashing Pumpkins rocker Billy Corgan is looking for wannabe wrestlers to take part in an upcoming tournament. The singer launched his own fight club in his native city in November (11).
Tweet: "Little known BC fact: I am related, via marriage, to Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo. He's married to my sister-in-laws cousin." Smashing Pumpkins star Billy Corgan is thrilled to discover he has a sportsman in the family.
Tweet: "Heard sad news that one of my most loyal fans, Shannon MCManis-Thorn, has passed away suddenly. May God always treasure her great spirit." Smashing Pumpkins star Billy Corgan takes to Twitter.com to pay his respects to a dead fan.
Tweet: "I understand Charlie Sheen. Understanding Charlie Sheen = i have a special brain. Jokes aside, I've hung out with him a few times, nice person." Smashing Pumpkins star Billy Corgan on troubled actor Sheen.
Quote: "I'm in a really happy place. I've survived. I'm not burnt out. I haven't done drugs for ten years. I'm happy, I'm a little fat. That's about it." Smashing Pumpkins star Billy Corgan has got his life back on track.
Tweet: "A French person has written me and chided me for not knowing my Francais better. They said (song) Chants Magnetiques means 'electric hamburger'." The title of Smashing Pumpkins star Billy Corgan's new book has come in for a little foreign criticism.
Tweet: "Congrats to Rush today on their Hollywood Star! There are many stars on Hollywood Blvd but none will shine brighter!!!" Smashing Pumpkins star Billy Corgan after honouring his favourite rockers at their star unveiling on the Walk of Fame on Friday (25Jun10).
Tweet: "In the amazing news department, I've been asked to introduce Rush for their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday morning." Smashing Pumpkins star Billy Corgan is thrilled to be asked to lead his favourite band's latest honour.
Quote: "I have no interest in supporting her in any way, shape or form. You can't throw enough things down the abyss with a person like that." Smashing Pumpkins star Billy Corgan still dislikes his former pal Courtney Love.
Quote: "If I go, 'Oh, we’re just friends,' then it’s like, 'Did they go out, did he dump her or she dump him, what happened?’ It has nothing to do with any of that. Sometimes people just like being around each other, and good things come out of that... If people knew her like I knew her, they would love her like I do. It’s really simple." Smashing Pumpkins star Billy Corgan on his relationship with Jessica Simpson.
Fact: Rockers the Smashing Pumpkins will premiere their new song FOL during the Super Bowl telecast in America on Sunday (01Feb09) - the track will feature in a new car ad for Hyundai.
Fact: The 2007 Bang! Music Festival at Miami, Florida's Bayfront Park Amphitheatre has been postponed, according to the festival's website. The two-day November (07) even was to have featured Kanye West and Smashing Pumpkins.
Fact: The reformed Smashing Pumpkins are on the hunt for the young girls that adorned the cover of their SIAMESE DREAM album. Rocker Billy Corgan and his bandmates are asking fans who know of the whereabouts of the two girls to contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fact: Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist JAMES IHA has recorded the soundtrack to new Japanese movie LINDA LINDA LINDA.
Quote: "I can honestly say that this has been one of the most musically satisfying and spiritually rewarding trips I have ever been on." Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain is enthusiastic about the reformed rockers' comeback album.