Billy Corgan Is the e.e. cummings of Modern Music


But why divulge all of this now? It's been nearly a quarter of a century since the Pumpkins formed, and 12 years since their demise. "The validity of talking about this stuff at a late date is, I think it's remarkable that even with all the fucked-up stuff that happened, we were still able to make great music together."

As our conversation wraps, he becomes reflective. Known for his tough talk, Corgan suddenly seems defenseless, reflecting on memories of great success and his band's demise.

"It's been a long, weird journey. If somebody would have told me 15 years ago that at 45, I'd be living in a big house with two dogs and two cats, with no wife and no girlfriend, I wouldn't have believed them. My life did not turn out the way I'd planned it. Not even close.

"But," he continues, "being healthy, humbled by God, musically engaged and surrounded by good people -- those are the moments I'm OK with, because maybe this was the way it was meant to be all along."

Smashing Pumpkins play Barclays Center Monday, Dec. 10.

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