Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan continued his crusade against 90’s alternative rock bands like Soundgarden and Pavement for performing old albums on tour in a new interview with Chicago Now:
“I don’t think it’s popping people like it used to – so and so comes to town and plays classic album number two. I just don’t think it’s getting the charge out of the public because the public acclimates very quickly to these kind of concepts. I still believe at the end of the day that if [people aren’t] coming for genuine reasons, then as an artist you need to figure out why.
I have no problem with people leaning on their past if they’ve earned it. And there’s plenty of bands and artists that have earned it. I just don’t like it when it becomes the story. And for about four years, it’s been the story in alternative music particularly with nineties-era bands. If you could go back in a time machine, can you imagine? ‘Hey, by the way, all you people on MTV: One day you’ll be doing the exact opposite of what you’re saying you’re gonna do.’ It’s just kind of funny. You know what I mean?”
He later said, “And I do meet young musicians, young people ages fifteen to thirty, who want to see me be me today. They get it. They can go on YouTube or whatever and look it all up. But they really want to see what made you you for real. They don’t want to see you kind of half go through the motions to sort of wink and nod at what… They want their own experience. They want their own generational claim. And they’re more than happy to claim you if you’re willing to claim them.
Phoning in a past album I don’t think really does that. That’s not their generation. That’s really their parents’ generation. So they may like it. But they don’t feel close to it. And I think that is a huge difference.”