Published Aug 15, 2012In a recent interview with Exclaim!, Smashing Pumpkins star Billy Corgan said that he would rather focus on new material than continue to play the old hits, claiming, "If we don't lead with new music, we don't lead with anything." Now, the opinionated songwriter has criticized some of his '90s rock peers like Soundgarden and Pavement for their recent nostalgia tours.
"There are those bands that are essentially coming back only to make money -- playing their old albums, and maybe somewhere in the back of their minds they're thinking there might be a future," Corgan told Philstar.com [via WENN].
He continued, "I am not in that business, obviously. I condemn anybody who's in that business but doesn't admit [he's] in that business. When Soundgarden came back and they just played their old songs, great. I was a fan of Soundgarden, but call it for what it is. They're just out there to have one more round at the till; same with Pavement and these other bands."
In other words, we're guessing that Corgan won't be cheering in the front row at upcoming shows from the likes of the Afghan Whigs, Refused and others. He said, "We can't run an oldies business. Not only is it boring, it's actually not a very good business."
Certainly, Corgan puts his money where his mouth is. Smashing Pumpkins released the ambitious album Oceania earlier this summer.