Billy Corgan Says Next Smashing Pumpkins Album Is 'The End,' He's 'Over Rock & Roll'
Poor Billy Corgan. The Smashing Pumpkins only released their new album yesterday, and it sounds like he’s losing some of that ‘90s guitar god enthusiasm. Or a lot of it.
In a Dec. 9 interview with the Wall Street Journal, Corgan hinted that the Pumpkins’ expected 2015 album Day For Night will be the band's last -- and that he’s just not feeling the rock business the way he used to.
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“The next album is like the end, end, end,” he admitted, after being asked about planning the Pumpkins’ current album trilogy years in advance. Monuments to an Elegy -- out Dec. 9 on Martha's Music/BMG -- is the second installment in the band’s Teargarden by Kaleidyscope series, which began with 2012’s Oceania.
Does he mean 2015’s Day For Night will end the trilogy or end the band’s career? It’s hard to tell. He does sound like the diminishing interest in new Pumpkins music is starting to wear on him: "The trite way to say it is I'm over rock n' roll. Which is strange because rock n' roll is getting back into me."
Later on he admitted, “Honestly, I think the fanbase is gone.” Of course, there are plenty of people buying the box set re-releases of their classic albums and asking to hear the hits, but Billy is looking for more.
“I would define a fan as someone who explores the depth of the artist’s work, and allows the artist to show you something. It’s not up to the artist to walk you by the hand. I don’t think there are that many of those people who exist. I’d say they’re in the low thousands.”