Billy Corgan: "My diehard fans are stuck in 1993."
Given the recent fan "drama" over the upcoming release of Neil Young's Americana album, it reminded us of a story from awhile back.
Former Smashing Pumpkin frontman Billy Corgan once stated that his diehard fans are "stuck in 1993."
The response came when asked about whether Corgan went online to see what people were saying about his new songs.
From The Measure | The L Magazine - New York City's Local Event and Arts & Culture Guide Corgan said:
"If I read anything from let's call it the 'hardcore fanbase,' they are stuck in '93.
It's 17 years [later] and I don't know what they expect to have happen.
It's sort of beautiful because what they are saying is, 'You so touched me in that moment, I want more of that.' But the thing that I find really insulting is there's a deeper message there which is 'You'll never be better.' To try to tell a man that he'll never improve beyond something he did when he was half-crocked on drugs or drama, that's just not right.
When I look at Johnny Cash or Neil Young or Tom Waits, those guys have proven that by remaining vital to themselves, that at some point they are able to burst through with another period.
Billy Corgan -- like Neil Young -- found himself in a difficult situation with his fan base. Yet he seeks to remain a vital artist.
So -- based on the pre-judgement of Americana -- are Neil Young hardcore fans simply stuck in 1968? 1978? 1988? 1998? 2008?
Or do Neil fans really wish him to remain a vital artist?
UPDATE: Also, see Billy Corgan Discusses Neil Young on Howard Stern Interviews