Billy Corgan Says Next Album Is “The End”; Takes Part in Reddit AMA

Image Courtesy of Martha's MusicThe Smashing Pumpkins may have just released their latest album, Monuments to an Elegy, earlier this week, but Billy Corgan is already looking towards the end.

"The next album is like the end, end, end," the Pumpkins frontman tells The Wall Street Journal.  "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."

Back in September, Corgan told the Chicago Tribune that he might "bail on this ship for good," referring to the Pumpkins, depending on the result of Monuments and the band's next planned album, Day for Night.  Then, in October, he clarified his statement to NME, saying that, "Audiences are not interested in buying rock albums in large quantities any more any more and the music industry refuses to adapt to that," and, because of this, he will "just move on to something else."

Corgan's frustration with audiences also surfaces in the WSJ piece when the interviewer asks about the typical Pumpkins fan.

"Honestly I think the fan base is gone," he says.  "I know it's a prickly way to put it, but I don't think there are fans anymore.  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."

In happier Billy Corgan quotes, the Pumpkins frontman took part in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session on Tuesday, in which he did say, "Nothing thrills me more than seeing a young crowd react to new Pumpkins music."  He also revealed that he'd love to work with Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore and reminisced about the time he played Twister with Nirvana for MTV.

"I remember playing with [Nirvana], thinking (by the way, the show wasn't sold out) that someday people were going to talk about the show," Corgan says.

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