Better than: No Smashing Pumpkins.
Billy Corgan just kind of does whatever he wants. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman--and now sole remaining member of the band's original lineup--has been making music for about two decades now. He's written love songs, hate songs, double LPs, masterpieces, and then some other stuff that he's called "masterpieces." He used to do it with people that fans approved of--you know, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, and Jimmy Chamberlin--but now he does it with some kids he hired from Berklee to replace those people after he pissed them off and they decided it was better to not work with him anymore. But he still calls what he's doing the Smashing Pumpkins. And yet, weirdly enough, despite all the hatred he's gotten for "breaking up the band" and "being an asshole," he's remained at the forefront of music culture. Sure, he's made some pretty "out there" records that aren't very good during this time period, but his erratic and eccentric personality has proven to be his lasting legacy. Last night at the Barclays Center, he put it all on display for Brooklyn.
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