Billy Corgan and most of the Smashing Pumpkins, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin, reunited and sat down with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio to discuss their upcoming album Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.
But as they look forward to their future music, they are also looking back at their past.
One thing, Corgan is not over is Lollapalooza back in 1994, an event, where he says he acted negatively towards his bandmates and the audience.
“So okay, we’re headlining what became historically the biggest Lollapalooza ever. And there they are. There are the same football players that used to bully us in the hallways,” he said. “Every other band in my estimation, and I don’t mean to throw shade, this is the way I read it at the time because this is the mindset I was, everybody was cool with going along to get along. Because it was a wave, right? Let’s just ride this wave.”
Corgan added, “I looked at it as like, no. You’re the enemy and we are here to take you on. And to this day, I still have people walk up to me at airports going, ‘man, I don’t know what that was about.’ There are people to this day, and again I usually meet them at airports, who refuse to ever see the band or listen to the band after that show. You’re talking about 43 shows, one was cancelled due to rain. So forty-two times, I took the mic and went after that audience.”
He later rehashed the feud with D’arcy Wretzky, “The whole thing broke down when we had to start talking about time, and reality, and opportunity. And, of course the business part of it all, and there was a wide, wide gap between what I thought was a reasonable expectation of ability given that she hadn’t been on stage in 19 years,” he said.
“But she suffered from incredible stage anxiety. We’re talking like a 10 out of 10. And that was that was part of the equation always. So when you saw her on a stage, she was inwardly going through a lot more than you would have thought because her state her stage demeanour was very icy. People used to call her Ice Queen…That was a cool nickname the fans gave her, the Ice Queen.”
Hear more from the band in the video above.