In his recent interview with Rolling Stone, Billy Corgin revealed a lot of interesting tidbits. In one snippet, he claims that the days have been rough on him, even claiming at one point that he’d “wake up every morning for a while and think, ‘Go eat breakfast, or go kill yourself.’”
When his ex-bandmates came up, Billy spoke briefly on the most recent departure of Jimmy Chamberlin, noting that he fired him. He even notes his original thoughts on the band’s personnel, saying “Rather than break up the band, what I should have done is chuck James [Iha] out. I should have just said to Jimmy [Chamberlin], ‘You go to rehab, and we’ll continue, and James, get the fuck out of here.’ Instead, I fell on my sword for James, for what I thought was a friend.”
In another except, the front man talks about his relevance in today’s music world. “Do I belong in the conversation about the best artists in the world? My answer is yes, I do,” he says. “I’ve been too productive for too long, and despite what anybody wants to strip away from me, I am influential. I am. So all the Pitchforks in the world can try to strip me of every ounce of dignity, but I belong.”
Finally, Billy responds to the rumors that he’s dating Jessica Simpson. “If I go, ‘Oh, we’re just friends,’ then it’s like, ‘Did they go out, did he dump her or she dump him, what happened?’” he says. “It has nothing to do with any of that. Sometimes people just like being around each other, and good things come out of that. My goal in life is to love whoever I think is worth loving, and I think if people knew her like I knew her, they would love her like I do. It’s really simple.”
The new issue is out now, check it out to see more of Billy’s thoughts as he continues to put out his 44 song project.