Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has spoken of his frustration at fans wanting to hear his band's older tracks at their live shows, saying he wishes they would accept his new material in the same way they do the classics.
In an interview with Artistdirect.com, Corgan claims that years of fans demanding hits such as '1979' and 'Disarm' were difficult for an artist striving to 'move forward' with his music.
"We met this wall resistance like, 'It's nice you guys want to move forward, but can't you just play the old songs?'," he says in the interview. "I've had five years of 'Can't you just play the old songs?' The whole time, all I've done is put my head down and try to make new music.
"You reach a point of literal frustration where you start going, 'Maybe this is never going to move forward? Maybe the vague 'they' out there will never accept The Smashing Pumpkins of this time?"
He also reveals plans to tour new album 'Oceania' in its entirety - without touching much of their back catalogue. When asked about performing the album, he says: "That was always the plan from the beginning. We made the album with that in mind. Everybody is out playing their old album. Now, it's created a thing where people expect that. Being The Smashing Pumpkins, we're going to play an album; it's just going to be our new one."
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