Billy Corgan Adamant That The Smashing Pumpkins/Marilyn Manson Run Is Not A ‘Nostalgia Tour’


The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson will be touring together this summer on ‘The End Times Tour‘. While both parties have had diminishing returns commercially since their 90’s heydays (who hasn’t?,) The Smashing Pumpkins lynchpin Billy Corgan doesn’t see the trek as being a ‘nostalgia tour’. Speaking with, Corgan took part in the following exchange:

Both you and Manson became stars in the Nineties. Do you think there’s a risk of people seeing this as a nostalgia tour?
Anybody who calls us a nostalgia show does not know what the fuck they are talking about. Seriously. I mean, he has just released one of the best albums of his career, and my last two albums were super highly reviewed and well received, so they don’t know what the fuck they are talking about.

Sure, but at least some portion of the audience is going to be there to hear the records they liked 15 or 20 years ago. How do you feel about that?
I don’t care. That’s a nostalgia-sentimentality-based business that I am not a part of. It’s like saying because one movie company makes cartoons and another company makes movies, I’m in the cartoon business. I feel like people lump me into the cartoon business, and I don’t want to be in the cartoon business. It’s very simple: You’ve got two great artists, two great histories, still making great music. We are going to go out and kick ass as good or better than somebody in their twenties or thirties or whatever. Either believe it or don’t – but if you don’t, then you will miss something that you rarely see, which in this case will be three hours of really powerful music. I mean, there is a point where you can’t apologize for that, or you can’t really explain it to someone who’s got their head up their ass with a selfie stick.”

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