The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan has branded anniversary shows “the dregs of the music business.”
Last year saw the band’s ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’ land its 20th anniversary, but few celebrations stemmed from that. Instead of going down the traditional route of playing the record in completion to lucky fans, or giving any kind of re-release, Corgan shunned the self-congratulatory route.
“I have a hard time believing that everybody out there doing it really wants to do it,” Corgan tells 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.”
He adds, clarifying: “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 this morning and that’s what I’m out here doing.”
Corgan’s most recent Smashing Pumpkins album is 2014’s ‘Monuments to an Elegy’. Perhaps by the time 2034 rolls round, we’ll be seeing him parade the record for 20th anniversary shows (not really - sorry Billy, we know you’re a man of principle).