Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan isn't quite sure what the future holds for his band, or even if there is a future at all. He's already said that the follow-up to 2014's Monuments to an Elegy will be the band's final effort. Now the singer, in an interview with Radio Oasis in Peru, has said that "the future of the Smashing Pumpkins is kind of murky," NME notes.
"I've only committed to the idea of the Smashing Pumpkins through, pretty much, the end of this year," he said. "After that, I'm gonna see how it goes."
Fans can expect the second half of Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, titled Day for Night, in the fall, but after that, the future is unknown. Corgan doesn't enjoy playing for people whose expectations are rooted in the past.
"I feel like I really need to evaluate the musical purpose of the Pumpkins because more and more of the audience is fixated on the past," the singer added. "I know a lot of the audience will say, 'Well, I like your music better from the Nineties, than, say, the music you're making today.' But I know they're not listening to the music of today, as much as they were listening to that music... I'm the type of artist that I don't wanna exist in something that is sort of fading like an iceberg into the past."
Corgan also revealed that he doesn't want to be referred to as "Billy" anymore, stressing that his real name is "William."
The frontman dissolved the original lineup in 2000 and has been substituting members ever since. The latest incarnation features Jeff Schroeder on guitar, Killers bassist Matt Stoermer and Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk.
Corgan wrote in February that Day for Night was tentatively scheduled to be released in September and that the band would hit the road this summer.
"So all I can say to that is the music is strong now (finally), and this secretly-titled album be better and more memorable (and hence more worth your affinity) than the last. And that's the only thing I'll guarantee," he wrote on the band's website.