Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan – ‘I Don’t Know If You Can Be Happy in the Music Business’

Mental health is a topic that has certainly come more to the fore in the music industry in recent years, and Splitting pumpkinsBilly Corgan shared his thoughts on the subject, stating that he feels the music industry was very late to the game on the subject and pondered what might have happened to certain artists if better support systems were in place.

Corgan was a guest on Audacy’s WFAN Sports Radio in New York, appearing on Boomer & Gio show when the subject of his own happiness at this stage in life came up after the discussion of growing up with an abusive childhood.

“I don’t know if you can be happy in the music business, because the music business is kind of designed to mess with your head,” the singer explained.

He then told the hosts: “I think the music industry in particular has been very late to the game with mental health and artists. You talked about Jimi Hendrix. We lost Jimi Hendrix at 27 to addiction and think of all the music that Jimi Hendrix didn’t make. We’re still talking about Jimi Hendrix 54 or 55 years after his death. I get lost in there because it’s so sad for me.”

The vocalist continues, “The music business has been slow to understand that when you find a needle in a haystack, like a top-level NFL quarterback, the NFL has figured it out, but the music business hasn’t because the music business is based. more about exploitation , which goes back to more of its roots in the 20th century, but I believe the 21st century of the music business should be a legacy of finding young artists, nurturing them and making sure they continue to create great music for generations to come.”

Corgan then related it to his own generation of musicians with the staggering comment: “Think of all the people my generation has lost to addiction and suicide alone. It’s a travesty that there weren’t more support systems around these artists. It don’t mean to throw shade at anybody. I just know how the business works. It’s about exploitation.”

The singer is still one of those artists who has been able to stay active since he arrived on the scene in the early 90s, and this is not something that has been lost on him. “I feel blessed, so that’s the beginning of every sentence,” Corgan says. “I just want people to say he pulled through and if it inspired them to try harder, great. I’m not trying to be that role model, but I don’t want to be on the other end of casualties. letter .”

Smashing Pumpkins have just announced their new Atom three-act rock opera that will roll out in three stages over the next six months. The first installment comes in November. 15, with act 2 and 3 coming Jan. April 31 and 21, 2023. Pre-orders are available here and you can also look for Smashing Pumpkins back on tour next month with Jane’s Addiction. Get your tickets here. See more of Billy’s chat with Boomer and Gio show below.

Listen to Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan on WFAN’s Boomer and Gio Show

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