Billy Corgan’s half-assed smashing pumpkins reunion
Billy Corgan is finally in the news for something other than conspiracy theories, wrestling, Courtney Love, politics, and all the other bull shit that has defined the last 15 years of his career. The Smashing Pumpkins are finally reuniting for a massive US arena tour starting this July in Glendale, Arizona. Before the official announcement was made, the inevitable drama began to unfold with ex-bassist D’arcy Wretzky.
On Valentine’s Day, Wretzky spoke freely and honestly about Corgan in an interview with Alternative Nation magazine. The band claimed they invited her repeatedly to join them on the upcoming tour, but Wretzky was quick to call that “a complete lie.” Since leaving the band in the early 2000s, Wretzky accused Corgan of a “crazy transformation” that included the support of Donald Trump and a possible brain tumor that caused his insufferable behavior.
This drama should come as little surprise.
Billy Corgan is to entertainment media to what Donald Trump has become for political media; he is a polarizing figure with a big mouth. Corgan’s musical talent is obvious, but his presence in the 21st century is defined by his crumbling conscience rather than his art. In between solo albums and Smashing Pumpkin reunions, Corgan spent the last 20 years pursuing his passion in pro wrestling and political activism. Sadly, he wasn’t involved in the physical side of wrestling, but rather the administrative and creative side. He also generated attention when he appeared on Alex Jones’ InfoWars, and compared social justice progressives to the Ku Klux Klan, Cults and Maoists.
Despite Corgan’s big mouth and outrageous personality, this most recent tour is proof that his music speaks louder than his words. No matter what he said or who he supported, there is no denying the impact The Smashing Pumpkins has made in popular music. They defined what it meant to be a teenager in the ’90s with songs like “1979,” “Tonight, Tonight,” and “Today.” Listen to any alternative radio station for more than 30 minutes, and I guarantee you will hear a Smashing Pumpkins’ song. This impact is why they sell out stadiums almost 20 years after their prime. The most polarizing figures are often the ones who make the greatest impact on this planet.