Billy Corgan On Kanye West: ‘If Somebody Got Up On My Stage, I Would Knock Them Out’

Note from Brett: I was lazy and re-used a Chris Cornell vs. Billy Corgan picture for this article and put Kanye over Cornell.

In a recent interview with Australia’s The Morning Show, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan shed some light on how he felt Kanye West handled his feelings during the Grammys, when he interrupted Beck’s Grammy receiving and acceptance.

When asked about how he felt about the incident between Beck and Kanye West, Corgan commented, “I think it’s inappropriate for any artist to take somebody else’s moment and make it their own or try to channel that energy in somebody’s moment… you’re basically saying that everything Beck has done to be in that position is negated because in your mind, it’s not relevant to your own thing…I don’t think that’s the moment to do it. Maybe afterwards you can say that, you can write your own blog, but to jump on stage and sort of steal that moment and re-appropriate in your own way is…inappropriate…I don’t know Kanye but I think he is speaking from his heart, I think he really believes what he’s saying… I just think that’s the inappropriate venue to do it.”

Corgan also expressed his disappointment with how social media rewards negative behavior, which he feels will ultimately reflect badly on the Grammys and on West himself.

Corgan also addressed how he would have handled any similar situation: “I’ve stood at that podium too and I’ll tell you what, if somebody got up on my stage, I would knock them out. I don’t care who it is, I would have knocked him out.” Tongue-in-cheek, he further remarked that it would have been a “stand off” between him and Kanye, but that Kim Kardashian would “probably take me down!”

The Smashing Pumpkins, with Mark Stoermer of the Killers on bass and Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine on drums, just wrapped up their Australian tourdates and will continue to tour in South America.

  • — J —

    I hope the media picks this up. Let’s see what Kanyizzle has to say to someone bigger than him.

    • Corndog

      I have this vague recollection, help me out here, but didn’t Corgan full on kick someone in the chest at an awards show once? Singer from another band, can’t remember his name or the bands name either, but i think that he used to date Kelly Osborne. Does that ring any bells? I have been known to imagine things….

      • Philippe Gaudet

        Yeah I think you’re right, wasn’t it someone from “Fallout boy” or something?

        • Corndog

          I’m not sure, but i remember thinking he deserved it at the time:)

      • Pete

        Bert McCracken from The Used tripped Billy after a KROQ concert. He dated Kelly Osbourne. Not sure if that’s the same incident?

        • Corndog

          The Used. Sounds familiar. Did Billy retaliate?

  • Corndog

    He’s right. There is a time and a place to express your opinion, and what Kayne West did was just downright rude.

    Not everything in the world has to be about Beyonce’s massive thighs….

  • kris08

    I know people don’t like Corgan and I respect that; however, Kanye West has got to be THE biggest fucking, arrogant, egotistical dickhead EVER! I fucking hate him! Such an asshole! Ugh.

  • Jim Kirk

    Agreed…and good for you Billy. Especially Kanye. Kanye really needs to shut his mouth. Its old…and he has no talent…whereas billy and beck both have a ton more