Smashing Pumpkins Soundgarden Feud: Billy Corgan vs Chris Cornell

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Smashing Pumpkins and Soundgarden Feud of the 2010’s

Back in the 2010’s alternative rock pioneers Smashing Pumpkins and Soundgarden had some choice words for each other. The first shots were apparently fired when Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell criticized the Smashing Pumpkins partial reunion of 2007 that saw Billy Corgan reunite with drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. Check out the full story from Rock N’ Roll True Stories below!

Smashing Pumpkins Frontman Billy Corgan Corgan has had a long list of feuds with different musicians and bands over the years, but perhaps one of the stranger feuds he had was with the band Soundgarden. Find out the full story in today’s video. Billy Corgan gave an interview in 2012 with Philstar just before playing a show in the Philippines where he singled out the band Soundgarden who he labeled as a nostalgia act for making money off playing their old tunes. And Soundgarden would reunite in 2010 after a 13 year break. Corgan would say there are bands that are essentially coming back to only make money playing their old albums &maybe somewhere in the back of their minds they are thinking that their might be a future. I’m not in that business obviously. .I condemn anybody whose in that business, but doesn’t admit he’s in that business. When Soundgarden came back and they just played their old songs. Great! Iwas a fan of Soundgarden. But call it for what it is. They are just out to have one more round at the till he’d say. The same month Corgan appeared on a a radio station and seemed to indicate that it was Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell who started the feud the frontman told an interviewer in 2007 that he didn’t consider the Smashing Pumpkins reunion at that point in timeas he put it to be legitimate. In 2007 Corgan had reunited with original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin but not the rest of the original band, leading many in the press and in their fanbase to criticize the band for not reuniting with other members D’Arcy Wretzky and James Iha. Corgan would claim in that interview “I kind of have an elephant’s memory when it comes to somebody punching me in the face.” “Cornell’s one of those people who is extremely talented, I was a fan from literally their 2nd EP, met him in 1991 and still believe in what was great about the band”. “But when we’re sitting there having conversations about who is doing what, I am no longer going to shield somebody. I want all of my generation to raise the bar and i don’t appreciate when somebody from my generation who i once considered a friend decides to take a leak in my little corner for whatever reason right around the same time he’s making the Timbaland album. You know what I mean? Corgan would say. An Cornell would retaliate a few months later in 2012 telling ABC Radio “When Billy Corgan was completely broke, I got him a movie deal with [director] Cameron Crowe where he made $40,000. He was very happy about that, and he was specifically happy about the $40,000. So next time you see him, tell him he owes me my $40,000 back he’d say. While Cornell wouldn’t state which Cameron Crowe film he was referring to, it’s probably safe to assume he was referring to the 1992 film Singles which included the Smashing Pumpkins tune ‘Drown.’ Cornell for his part would have 2 songs on the sound track. Even Soundgarden guitarist Kim thayil would also clap back at Corgan twice in the same interview saying “There’s a lot of other bands; Alice In Chains came back a few years before us, Smashing Pumpkins… I guess that’s not really Smashing Pumpkins, it’s just a Billy Corgan solo project with a bunch of new guys, right?” “It’s not possible for us to do a bad record. Here’s how it’s possible to do a bad record. You’ve got one moron who runs the whole thing, and a bunch of guys they hire around him,Now you can make a bad record because your stupid ideas aren’t being bounced around, going to the f**king ether he’d say.” Following Cornell’s tragic death in 2017 Corgan seemed to express some regret over the pair’s falling out telling an interviewer from the San Francisco weekly. I wish I had more answers and I’d done more. I knew Chris, and we had a bit of a falling out and were never able to patch that up. I wish I hadn’t contributed in even the most miniscule way to his unhappiness. I wish I’d have been a force for encouragement, because he influenced me, and I looked up to him. And in 2019 the feud between Soundgarden’s surviving members and Cornell’s widow Vicky escalated over unpaid royalties leading to a lawsuit. Corgan would share his two cents on the feud telling a fan on instagram “Vicky is my friend and all i can say is that i support her. It’s not a matter of choosing sides as much as saying she and her family have been through a lot and that needs to be considered, especially for the children.”

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