25 years ago, The Smashing Pumpkins released their debut album, Gish, which makes them eligible to be considered for induction into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. They are not going to be inducted in 2016, and most likely not 2017, but frontman Billy Corgan believes that his rock band deserves a place in the coveted Hall.
"If it's a meritocracy, I think my band belongs in there because we were one of the prime bands of our era and we continue to be a top band. Next year will be, technically, our 30th year," the TNA Impact Wrestling executive told Rolling Stone in a recent interview this week (via UPROXX) So the fact that I've been in this band, you know, essentially 25 of the last 30 years, I think that says something."
As the interview continues, we learn that Corgan isn't really pulling for the Smashing Pumpkins to be in the Hall of Fame. He goes on to say that it isn't truly important to him and that full genres are sometimes skipped over by the Hall of Fame.
Also, the fact that Corgan is the only original member still in the band, and the fact that he isn't friendly with his surviving ex band members, would cause some difficulties when it comes to which members to induct. While the Hall of Fame prefers to induct original members, the Smashing Pumpkins feature a long list of former and current musicians including James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Jeff Schroeder, Mike Byrne, Melissa Auf der Maur, Nicole Fiorentino and Ginger Reyes.
According to Corgan, he's not too worried about this, despite his semi-genuine appeal to have the Smashing Pumpkins inducted in 2016.
Considering the popularity of the band, Corgan isn't wrong. If you forget about the current and recent lineup changes, you might agree with Corgan.