Zitat des Tages von Billy Corgan:
You know Americans are obsessed with life and death and rebirth, that's the American Cycle. You know, awakening, tragic, horrible death and then Phoenix rising from the ashes. That's the American story, again and again.
There are people out there who are older who are cool. I want that.
I had concussions as a kid playing football and basketball, and know what it feels like and to have someone say 'Just rub some dirt on it, and get back in there.'
I tend to be reactionary.
My mother and I parting company at four years old is a recurring theme; although it's not symbolically necessarily present, it's present in all my relationships.
I'm sort of like a lame, single guy in a red sports car.
I was brought up Roman Catholic. I'm not even baptized.
When I've tried to reinvent the wheel, I get bashed for not doing the familiar things.
I think a spiritual journey is not so much a journey of discovery. It's a journey of recovery. It's a journey of uncovering your own inner nature. It's already there.
I'll come in with a string of riffs and direct the musical ideas. But you still need a band and their input to make the ideas come alive. You can't underestimate band chemistry.
Most people don't know that wrestling came out of the circus.
I lay a lot of blame at the feet of Dusty Baker for not being more strict about fundamentals, which I think would give the team a stronger day-to-day identity.
I never wanted to leave the Smashing Pumpkins. That was never the plan.
I don't have to play by these rules or do these things... I can actually have my own kind of version.
People think I take some sort of masochistic pleasure out of putting out music that's gonna be unpopular.
I've never had coffee. I've always hated the smell. It was always tea. I was a pretty typical kid, though. I grew up drinking Lipton. I didn't know there was other tea to drink.
I'm definitely responsible for coming in with some basic chord changes, or ideas. Everybody in the band looks to me to come up with the basic seed, so it's not very productive to come in with nothing.
I walked away from going to church when I was 8. I didn't set foot in another church until I was 28.
I don't have any sentimental notion about how people are going to remember me.
For someone who's had the level of success I've had, there's been very little critical review of my work, which is pretty fascinating.
I believe that if the Tribune company ever tries to close down Wrigley Field that you will have a protest from every corner of the globe.
These days you're not just competing with the tedium, you're competing with the cellphone.
If I have resistance to something, it means there's something wrong. The resistance to me is a sign of fear.
In the beginning, though, I have to admit that I did have a chip on my shoulder. I did want to prove everyone wrong. But after I went through the process and came out the other side, it wasn't about anyone else.
If you don't fit into this kind of like gossipy, trendy, Web-hit thingy, you're relegated to sort of second-class celebrity status.
I realize I'm a mirror.
To re-embrace what I once loved about music has been a warming process for me, because it's a good, earned feeling now.
I'm from a lower middle class background; all my family were immigrants.
I mean, I'm certainly not a 'teaophyte,' or whatever the word would be.
I was raised a Christian, but I wouldn't call myself a Christian now. I think when I was younger it was easier to focus on the negative, nihilist vision... this is sort of picking up on the other half of the body, which is God and white light.
James, that's a bad situation. I'm not saying it's not repairable, but it's pretty far. When you go from being in one of the best bands in the world to some cover band... as far as I'm concerned, he was playing down at the pub.
I think rock & roll has prepared me for a lot of flexibility.
I'm viewed as this weird, crippled character. But you got to take your lumps.
If I worried about appearances, I wouldn't be at Cubs games.
I was trying to be this person who is cool, eternally rocking.
There's a difference between being a poseur and being someone who's so emotionally challenged they're kind of just doing their best to show you what they've got.