Billy Corgan hates classic album concerts

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 15 March 2016
Billy Corgan

Billy Corgan

Smashing Pumpkins rocker Billy Corgan hates it when musical artists perform classic album concerts - describing the trend as pure "consumerism"

Smashing Pumpkins star Billy Corgan has blasted the trend for artists to play classic albums in full - describing the trend as the "dregs of the music business".

The band's third album 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness' - which contained tracks such as 'Tonight, Tonight' and '1979' - celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015 but Corgan never considered performing the LP in full for fans as he thinks it is creatively redundant.

He told Rolling Stone: "The idea of getting up and playing an album that was never meant to be played live in that sequence smacks of consumerism. 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."

Many artists have performed that type of concert, including Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen and Meat Loaf, but Corgan believes fans are "bored" with the concept.

He added: "I think it's played itself through. I think the fans have already grown bored with it, best I can tell. You don't see as much of it as you saw a couple years ago."

Although he didn't want to commemorate the anniversary of 'Mellon Collie...', Corgan insists he is very "proud" to have recorded an album that people still love after two decades.

The 48-year-old musician - who recently welcomed his baby son Augustus into the world, his child with his partner Chloe Mendel - said: "I'm proud to have made such an album that's important ... 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 just the other this morning."

Away from music, Corgan also works as Senior Producer of Creative and Talent Development for TNA IMPACT Wrestling.

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