Reply To: Zeitgeist a let down?
On 2007.08.04 at 6:05 pm BleedingTheOrchid wrote:
After the long haul of recording Zeitgeist, Corgan seems very at peace with the decision to proceed. âThere have been different roads you could take. Thereâs the much-vaunted reunion road where people do not speak, but because thereâs money to be made, they play but hate each other. We were very open to the idea of our former bandmates playing, but only under the circumstance of love of music, and love of playing new music. If those criteria werenât present, then they werenât going to be involved. Moving forward it really has to be about what the music asks of us.â
For Corgan and Chamberlin, working as a duo on Zeitgeist has only brought more depth to a musical partnershipâone that was tested by Chamberlinâs past personal problems and his subsequent firing from the band in 1996. âIt taught us a lot of deep, hard lessons about life and about what matters,â Chamberlin says now. âThrough our so-called estrangement I never felt a total disconnect with Billy. For us to have gone through what weâve gone through–me personally and him personallyâ¦My publicized life aside, there were things we went through that people donât know aboutâBillyâs motherâs passing, my mother and fatherâs passing, itâs all really brought us together.â
âIâve been continually humbled by the relationship,â Corgan adds. âYou have this thing you do together that remotely sounds like what people identify as sounding like the Smashing Pumpkins. When you think of all the energy thatâs been created off that gift between us, thatâs a staggering thing. We could sit here and wax rhapsodic about why that is, but the truth is we have no clue why when we play together something seems to happen. And it doesnât mean we canât have great moments with other people, but we consistently seem to go to some other place together.â
For now, both men express excitement to get to visit–and even reside–in that other place–that Pumpkins place–again. âItâs an absolute joy,â says Corgan. âIn all candor, there are some songs I havenât played in 13 years and Iâm the kind of person who canât lie about it. If I hated playing those songs, I would tell you. Iâm loving being in a great place to represent this music. We want to play this music, and we appreciate that you want to hear it. And even if you donât we can respect that. Weâve come out of the fire of it all, and weâre tough enough to go from here.â
âItâs amazing,â adds Chamberlin. âWhatâs amazing is the pure physicality, the primal instinct behind what we did back thenâhow our conviction was so much stronger than our intuition. It gives me a deep appreciation of myself as a young man and Billy as a young manâand for how unashamedly we pursued our craft and continue to do so.â âItâs surprisingly fun,â Corgan says with a visible smile. âThatâs not a word you normally associate with us, but itâs fun.â