Smashing Pumpkins never did things quite like other bands, but when Billy Corgan and co announced plans for their latest album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, even die-hard fans probably spat coffee on their laptops. Picture it: a 44-track album, w[...]
The alt-rock founding father on his smashing new signature Fender Stratocaster® guitar
When alternative rock exploded in the 1990s, one of the movement’s paramount unspoken rules was no guitar solos. Rules are made to be broken, though—especi[...]
The following is a compilation of message board posts on "The Machina Mystery" and the essay writing contest for fans. Afterwards, there is a series of explanation on the mysteries written by Billy Corgan.
15/07/2000 - buried deep inside...
Fuck off...we're from Chicago! by Nick Jones
"Isn't this where the Beatles grew up?" inquires Billy Corgan from the stage of the underworld club in London's Camden town. His 4-piece Chicago band Smashing Pumpkins are half way through their UK[...]
Billy Corgan on the Smashing Pumpkins: "We're not the retirement band playing our old hits" by Greg Kot
Are rock bands meant to last 20 years?
"No, no, they're not," Billy Corgan said backstage Monday at the Auditorium Theatre. Which sound[...]
Beak: What's your favorite topping on pizza?
D'arcy: Uh. Ha, ha, ha. I would say peppers.
Beak: What's your favorite fruit?
D'arcy: I don't know.
Beak: What is it like to own a record label?
D'arcy: Now that's uh, that would take a w[...]
The Ultimate Questions on Life, Sex and Death by Liz Evans
Q: When was the last time that you cried?
A: Lately it seems like I've been crying a lot. It's better now, but every week for the past four months there seems to be some traumatic [...]
Billy Corgan's Mission Statement for Oceania: Do or Die by Greg Kot
Billy Corgan calls "Oceania," the Smashing Pumpkins' first studio album since 2007, "an anti-mid-life crisis album."
Whatever it's called[...]
Meticulously Calculated Chaos by Chris Mundy
Listening to Gish, the initial, awe-inspiring explosion by Smashing Pumpkins, the word 'control' doesn't spring immediately to mind. But for Billy Corgan, the Chicago band's twenty-four-year-old si[...]
The Smashing Pumpkins look set to continue the trail-blazing guitar magic first pioneered by Jane's Addiction. Cathi Unsworth discovers why the Chicago-based band think Prince should be revered and Bono killed.
After Lollapalooza, it seems th[...]
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan worries that today's music industry is hostile toward individuality
Why were the Smashing Pumpkins and some of their ’90s cohorts able to achieve a level of commercial success unknown to the alt-rock ba[...]
Jimmy: The reason I wear the hat is because I’m actually bald.
Interviewer: The size of my shoes are.... Is that all right Ron? What was that?
Ron: (pre-recorded machine voice) That’s all right.
Interviewer: That’s all right? Okay cool.[...]