Monday, August 25, 2008
Billy Corgan: Clearwater Fans "Confused"
It's practically a show-business cliche: Suck up to tonight's audience by calling them "the greatest ever," suggesting that other audiences simply weren't hip enough to get the artist's wonderful-ness.
Smashing Pumpkings singer/guitarist Billy Corgan offered a variation of that theme when he played Thursday night at Boca Raton's Centre of the Arts at Mizner Park.
According to Leslie Streeter, reviewing for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Corgan took the opportunity to bash those who had paid to see the reconstituted Pumpkins (he and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin are the sole remaining original members) at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday night.
Wrote Streeter: "There was an interesting interlude where Corgan delivered a slap at the previous night's fans in Clearwater, who were apparently "confused" in believing they were going to hear songs they knew — "Who wants to hear songs they know?" he asked brightly, sending part of the crowd into appreciative iconoclastic laughter at those pop-radio dupes, part into a funk because they like the pop stuff, and the other part laughing nervously thinking 'Is he joking?' "
Here's the complete review.
Remind me again: Corgan and his reassembled Pumpkins were last relevant when?