Posted: 24 July, 2014
After accepting an award The Smashing Pumpkins frontman provides some sane advice for artists.
Billy Corgan At The Alternative Press Music Awards Photo: Getty Images
It's always a bit of a gamble when awarding Billy Corgan an award...is he going to go off on some crazy Corgan rant?!
At the Alternative Press Music Awards, Corgan was given the Vanguard Award, and did go off on a tagent, but also made some pretty sane points about the current state of rock music.
He started out in typical Corgan-esque cryptic style, "The kids rule, the kids always rule, the kids win and they should. I'm no legend, your favourite song is legend, your favourite band is legend, your favourite concert is legend, that's what makes it work."
But then expressed some interesting views on current music, "Every generation deserves its dreams, its bands, its voices and I'm glad to see those bands here tonight, it's awesome."
"[Talking about Joan Jett] Incredilbe artist, incredible career and yes it's a career, its called a career, it's ok. It's ok to sell things, it's ok to sell t-shirts, nobody gets hurt."
He also had some advice for new bands, "There's two paths you take when you first put on that guitar or sing that song and that's 'do I want to please the audience or do I want to push this audience's buttons' and in 'alternative music'...you have to really yell to push those buttons."
And his closing statement...back to classic Corgan...
"...I'm recieveing this in humility because I'm willing to push your buttons, because I'm willing to go tell you to go f*ck yourself. I didn't start a band to be anybodys b*tch, I started a band to kick your f*cking head in."
Listen To Corgan's Speech From The 7:50 Mark
Billy Corgan Acceptance Speech Video: Youtube/Alternative Press
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Slash Acceptance Speech Video: Youtube/Alternative Press