The singer also encouraged segregation between pop and rock stars
Alexandra Pollard

11:44 26th February 2015

Billy Corgan has criticised Kanye West's decision to once again invade the stage when Beck won his Grammy for Album Of The Year, saying, "If someone got up on my stage, I'd knock them out."

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman was intereviewed on Australian TV's The Morning Show yesterday (25 February), during which he spoke of Kanye West's decision to repeat his Taylor Swift incident at this year's Grammys, this time jumping onto the stage when Beck beat Beyonce for Album Of The Year.

“I think it’s inappropriate for any artist to take somebody else’s moment and make it their own," said Corgan. "In that particular moment you’re basically saying that everything that Beck’s done to be in that position is negated because in your own mind it’s not relevant to you, or your own thing. I didn’t think that’s the moment to do it.

"Maybe afterwards you can say that, you can put it in your own blog. But to jump on stage and steal that moment, to re-appropriate it in your own way I think is inappropriate." He added, "“I’ve been on that podium too and if someone got up on my stage I’d knock them out. I don’t care who it is I would’ve knocked them out … That’s my stage. I earned the right to be on the stage at that moment. That was Beck’s moment.”

Corgan also encourage greater segregation between pop and rock stars: “Rock’n’roll will be fine. I just think it needs to be more aggressive in taking on pop music. Particularly in America there’s a very cosy relationship between rock stars and pop stars – and I don’t think that’s a good relationship. Everybody belongs on their own side of the street for a good reason."

He added: "By definition a rock star is supposed to be an independent individual who pursues a vision to an end – an Axl Rose, an Elton John. And a pop star is supposed to do whatever they can do to pray at some horrible idol of fame which is ubiquitous and fleeting. And that contradiction to me is why everyone should stay on their own side of the street.”

Watch the full interview below

Smashing Pumpkins' ninth album, Monuments To An Elegy, was released at the end of last year.

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