Over the past decade and a half or so, many bands have commemorated the anniversaries of their classic albums by performing that entire album live, front to back, at concerts. Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the classic Smashing Pumpkins double-album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, and you might have noticed that the band did not commemorate the occasion with any “classic album” shows.
“The idea of getting up and playing an album that was never meant to be played live in that sequence smacks of consumerism,” Billy Corgan tells Rolling Stone. “That stuff is the dregs of the music business. I have a hard time believing that everybody out there doing it really wants to do it.”
“I’m proud to have made such an album that’s important,” Corgan says. “The millennials love Siamese Dream. Who’d’ve guessed, I mean, no one’s harder on the millennials than me. But they loved Siamese Dream? Great! But I’m not gonna go out there and hack around just to reclaim some light that I don’t feel has gone out. The light is still in my eyes. I’m still more than capable of producing new work. I wrote a new song this morning and that’s what I’m out here doing.”