Billy Corgan Discusses His Dad, Twitter & Jessica Simpson

Los Angeles’ 98.7 FM spoke with Smashing Pumpkins mainman Billy Corgan recently, where he was joined by his son Jason. The singer talked about his Sunset Strip memories, being aware of the street’s history, getting an amazing reaction to the new lineup, having a natural chemistry with the new lineup, working with Jessica Simpson on her show’s theme song, the thin line of making yourself available on Twitter, and how his father, who was a talented musician, had no interest in Billy playing music. Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Billy Corgan Writes Theme Song For Jessica Simpson’s Reality Show

Billy Corgan spoke with the Chicago Tribute about plans to release 44 new Smashing Pumpkins songs for free online due to his frustration with the music industry, as well as his much publicized collaboration with Jessica Simpson, which the 42-year-old said was for her coming VH1 reality show, ‘The Price of Beauty’.

“She asked me to help her out on the theme song for her new TV show,” Corgan explained. “(The show) has an interesting concept. She goes around the world to show how different people perceive beauty. I ended up writing part of (the theme song). It has a little bit of an alternative rock edge, but it’s still very pop-y.”

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Billy Corgan Attends ‘Taking Woodstock’ LA Premiere

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan was on hand for the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Taking Woodstock’ at ArcLight Theatre in Hollywood, California on Tuesday (August 4).

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Smashing Pumpkins Visit Chicago’s Q101.1

Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin of Smashing Pumpkins took over Chicago’s Q101.1 with iPods and mixtapes, while Chris Payne chatted with the pair about the pressure to play their past hits – even though playing those sentimental hits doesn’t bring out the same energy from the audience. Billy also discussed how he gets turned off by cliques and scenes fostered by local music. “You don’t have as many great moments in music as much as you did in the ’90s, ’80s, ’70s, ’60s and ’50s,” Corgan argued. “I think it’s really hurting us overall as a culture. Anytime I meet you bands I say you’ve got to get beyond your little subset.” Watch some highlights via YouTube below.

The Smashing Pumpkins ’99 Floors’ Acoustic Performance

The Smashing Pumpkins are set to release ‘If All Goes Wrong’ a double-DVD set documenting the band’s comeback residency during the summer of 2007, on November 11th. Ahead of Tuesday’s release, you can check out an exclusive studio performance of the unreleased track ’99 Floors’ below the cut. (more…)

Billy Corgan Understands AC/DC’s Decision To Partner With Wal-Mart

Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins spoke with Entertainment Weekly about AC/DC’s move to sell their latest album ‘Black Ice’ via a partnership with Wal-Mart, a decision that helped the veteran Aussie rockers debut at #1 on the Billboard charts. “I’ve heard literally 25 to 30 commercials for AC/DC; that’s the most amount of energy I’ve heard about an AC/DC record in 20 years,” Corgan said at the Guitar Hero: World Tour launch party. “Because the labels weren’t gonna do that. They treat a band like AC/DC with a sort of reverant distance. Throw it out there and if it clicks, great. If not, they’d bury it. So great for AC/DC and great for Wal-Mart.”

On TV: Gavin Rossdale, Smashing Pumpkins, Coldplay

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Rock acts on television this week include:

Plain White T’s, who visit ‘Steven’s Untitled Rock Show’ (Fuse) on Monday.

Civet, who perform on ‘The Daily Habit’ (Fuel) on Monday.

Gavin Rossdale, who performs on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ (ABC) on Tuesday.

A Place to Bury Strangers, who visit ‘The Daily Habit’ (Fuel) on Tuesday.

Cold War Kids, who perform on ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ (CBS) on Thursday.

Smashing Pumpkins, who perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (ABC) on Friday.

Deerhoof, who visit ‘The Daily Habit’ (Fuel) on Friday.

Constantine Maroulis, who appears on ‘Don’t Forget The Lyrics!’ (Fox) on Friday.

Coldplay, who are musical guests on ‘Saturday Night Live’ (NBC).

The Smashing Pumpkins ‘Superchrist’ Video

The Smashing Pumpkins are out with the video to their ‘Guitar Center’ compilation CD release ‘Superchrist’, posted exlusively on the Chicago alternative rock group’s MySpace page. Watch it below.

Smashing Pumpkins On AOL Sessions

Chicago’s Smashing Pumpkins stopped by Sessions studio to play selections from ‘Zeitgeist’ and more on AOL Music’s Sessions. Watch the set, which includes Billy Corgan and company performing ‘Doomsday Clock’, ‘Heavy Metal Machine’, ‘Superchrist’, ‘Tarantula’, ‘That’s The Way (My Love Is)’, and ‘Tonight, Tonight’ at AOL.com.

AOL Sessions: Smashing Pumpkins

AOL Music’s Sessions features the Smashing Pumpkins in a live set and interview. Watch performances of ‘Doomsday Clock’, ‘Heavy Metal Machine’, ‘Superchrist’, ‘Tarantula’, ‘That’s the Way (My Love Is)’, ‘Tonight, Tonight’, and a video Q&A here.

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