Billy Corgan Talks About His Influences

smashingpumpkins1 Billy Corgan Talks About His InfluencesThe Smashing Pumpkins’ leader [lastfm]Billy Corgan [/lastfm]recently spoke with about his group’s newest tunes, and in doing so, managed to touch on the influences that have helped shape the sound he was searching for on the band’s most recent effort.
“I’ve been listening a lot to mid-70s rock, like [lastfm]UFO[/lastfm], [lastfm]Rainbow[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Queen[/lastfm], and from a production point of view, there’s actually not a lot going on . . . But you can hear everything, so when Ritchie Blackmore plays you really hear it,” Corgan said in the interview.

At a recent tour stop in Baltimore, the Pumpkins teased numbers by rock giants [lastfm]Jimi Hendrix[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Led Zeppelin[/lastfm], too.

“Back in the day I was determined to have the band sound larger than life, maybe to cover up for the fact that we weren’t larger than life,” the frontman added.

The newest Pumpkins tunes – 44 of them, actually – are being released one at a time over the web. Together, the songs make up Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, the group’s eighth official studio release.

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