Entertainment

Legend tells fans why he loves music

The Smashing Pumpkins, with lead singer Billy Corgan in the front.
The Smashing Pumpkins, with lead singer Billy Corgan in the front. Patrick Martin, Splendour media

THERE'S a simple formula to creating an album according to Billy Corgan.

"Sad song, sad song, self-obsessed lyric," The Smashing Pumpkins frontman joked to a crowd of 500 at Splendour In The Grass on Saturday.

Corgan was a guest on the Wil Does Parky forum, hosted by comedian Wil Anderson.

Independent MP Rob Oakshot and occupy Melbourne activist Carl Scrase were also guests but were given the word to leave as soon as word of Corgan's arrival came through.

When asked what made him take part in the forum when his set with his band wasn't until the following night Corgan said he is "very interested in what people are thinking and feeling".

"I'm a progressive artist so I want to understand not only how people are receiving information but also how they're communicating.

He went on talk about varying topics including his interest in wrestling, which saw the host in a demonstration of "the claw" grip involving falling to his knees and onto the floor after Corgan gripped his forehead.

Corgan discussed how the music industry was rorting bands in the past and how, although it may be in a different way, the industry is still rorting bands today.

Whether they're committing bands to seven albums, making them pay for it but still owning the rights or giving bands the rights to their music but then taking shares in everything else, the end result isn't for the benefit of the artist Corgan told the packed tent.

"Being in a band is so much f***ing bull***," Corgan said after listing a reel of highlights in his career from being on the cover of Rolling Stone to winning awards at The Grammys.

"Everyone's always telling you what to do including your grandma, everyone's got an opinion, so there are those pure moments on stage where it like, this connection, I know it sounds a little cheesy but it's those moments that make it all worth it."

Corgan has made his presence known in Byron Bay throughout the festival including appearing at Channel [V]'s Recovery Breakfast filming of The Riff at the Beach Hotel on Saturday morning and heading to local cafe's.

Billy Corgan will close Supertop stage with The Smashing Pumpkins tonight.

 

Topics:  forum rob oakeshott splendour in the grass



Blue Pools bloom here to stay over summer

The Blue Pools at Angourie which has been closed due to a toxic blue-green algae bloom.

Hot, dry weather means pools will likely stay closed

NSW lightly loosens liquor, lockout laws

Critics say the relaxed lockout laws are still too stringent to promote a thriving night life.

Bottle shops will be allowed to stay open until 11pm

Check out twinkle town

JUMP ON BOARD: Driver for Clarence Community Transport Hank Steeghs getting ready for Christmas lights tours in the Clarence Valley.

Need help finding all the Christmas lights in your area?

Local Partners

Check out twinkle town

Enjoy a tour of the Clarence Valley's Christmas lights this year with the Clarence Community Transport


Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

Ready to rumble: Boxing makes long-awaited return to Grafton

DETERMINED: Grafton Amateur Boxing Club members Zac Cotten (Cruiserweight), James Morrison (Jnr Featherweight), Eddie Debono (Super Heavyweight), Rhys Walters (Light Heavyweight), Joseph Pigg (Jnr Welterweight), Jamie Mansfield (Cruiserweight) are prearing for upcoming fight night in Grafton.

Five North Coast title belts up for grabs

Cyclist's 24 hours of pain for mental health

International endurance mountain-bike rider Morgan Pilley is used to pushing through the elements, but this weekend he'll push on to raise money for local mental health services in a charity ride at Junction Hill.

Ride For Youth to raise money for local youth mental health services

BOOK REVIEW: The Mask of Command

This narrative from Anicent Rome has it all

The tech-version of the old pop-up book is here

IS THE old cardboard pop-up book a thing of the past?

Obama's private struggle laid bare in film

Australian actor Devon Terrell portrays a young Barack Obama in the Netflix original movie Barry. Supplied by Netflix.

Filmakers focus in on Obama's legacy

Brad Pitt's sons won't see him

Brad Pitt's eldest sons are reportedly "refusing" to see him.

Chris Pratt fell asleep while babysitting

Chris Pratt revealed he fell asleep during babysitting duties

Kylie Minogue: I want to get married soon

Pop star Kylie Minogue has revealed she hopes to get married soon

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Give a little more this Christmas

TIME TO GIVE: Lee Johns, Courtney Smith and Daniel Kelly of Ray White Yamba promote their Little Ray Of Giving Christmas gift appeal.

Call out for presents, big or small

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!