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Billy Corgan Considers Splitting Up Smashing Pumpkins If New Albums Don’t Make Impact

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In 2005, Billy Corgan took out a full-page ad in the Chicago Tribune announcing his intent to reunite Smashing Pumpkins. But after nearly a decade of utilizing the moniker for the band’s second tenure, Corgan is having serious thoughts about the viability of Smashing Pumpkins moving forward.

During a new interview with The Chicago Tribune, Corgan has stated that the two new albums he’s been working on over the past year will play a key role in the band’s future. The vocalist has expressed some frustration with the current music climate and reaching listeners.

He explains, “I’m not willing to wait around 15 to 20 years to have somebody go, ‘Hey, that album that you made is really good.’ And then sell it to the 7,000 people that are still paying attention.” He adds, “When this [new album] process is over, I’m either going to bail on this ship for good, like ‘I’m done,’ or I’m going to have a new ship to sail on.”

The rocker admits that it’s tougher than ever to grab the attention of music lovers, often finding people looking around at their phones. He contemplates, “How do you reach through the fog as an artist? How do you punch your way back through? How do you say, ‘I still matter’? How do you say, ‘How does one of my contemporaries get treated like a contemporary artist, and how do I get treated like I’m supposed to play “Siamese Dream” for the rest of my life?’ At some point you’ve got to fight this fight or go away.”

At present Corgan is attempting to “fight the fight,” working on two new albums. ‘Monuments for an Elegy’ is expected to be released in early 2015 with perhaps a single dropping before year’s end, while ‘Day for Night’ is expected to follow in late 2015. Smashing Pumpkins recently completed recording for the ‘Monuments of an Elegy’ disc, with Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee sitting in behind the kit.

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