Published Mar 14, 2016Having made a number of records that are essential to the rock music canon of the '90s, early works from the Smashing Pumpkins are approaching some milestone anniversaries, most recently with the lauded Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness turning 20 last year. But don't expect Billy Corgan to take any of the records on the road for a touring celebration.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, Corgan said the idea of playing a classic album live in its entirety has "played itself through" and that "fans have already grown bored with it."
"The idea of getting up and playing an album that was never meant to be played live in that sequence smacks of consumerism," Corgan told the magazine. "That stuff is the dregs of the music business. I have a hard time believing that everybody out there doing it really wants to do it."
Of course, that isn't to say Corgan isn't a fan of his band's seminal works. "The millennials love Siamese Dream. Who'd've guessed, I mean, no one's harder on the millennials than me," he said. "But they loved Siamese Dream? Great! But I'm not gonna go out there and hack around just to reclaim some light that I don't feel has gone out. The light is still in my eyes. I'm still more than capable of producing new work. I wrote a new song this morning and that's what I'm out here doing."
The latest new work from Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins was 2014's Monuments to an Elegy. The band are set to embark on the special electro-acoustic "In Plainsong" tour this spring, including a stop at Toronto's Massey Hall on April 12.