Last week Billy Corgan announced that he’s retiring his name. During a Smashing Pumpkins concert in Lima, Peru, the lead singer declared, “My name is NOT Billy. My name is William”.
Shortly after, Billy… I mean… William, disclosed that he might finally disband Smashing Pumpkins because of his fans’ “fixation” on older material. Corgan said, “I know a lot of the audience will say, ‘Well, I like your music better from the Nineties, than, say, the music you’re making today.’ But I know they’re not listening to the music of today, as much as they were listening to that music… I’m the type of artist that I don’t wanna exist in something that is sort of fading like an iceberg into the past.”
The frontman went on to say that, “the future of the Smashing Pumpkins is kinda murky. I’ve only committed to the idea of The Smashing Pumpkins through, pretty much, to the end of this year. After that I’m gonna see how it goes.”
So even though 2016 might mean the end of Smashing Pumpkins, Corgan wrote in a February letter to fans that his next album, ‘Day for Night’ is still on target for release in September and that a summer U.S. tour is currently in the works.