Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has formally announced that after twelve years, the group's end is nigh.
Corgan made the revelation about the Pumpkins' future during an interview with Los Angeles-area radio station KROQ on Tuesday afternoon, saying that the group would disband after finishing its international tour commitments in support of "Machina/The Machines Of God," an outing that is currently scheduled through the fall.
"We're at the end of our road emotionally, spiritually, and musically," Corgan told the radio station. "We thought that we'd tell people when the album came out, but now that the album's out, it's fine."
"We just wanted to do one more album, not because 'Adore' was received poorly," he continued, "just to reconnect with the band's audience. Unfortunately it didn't work out that way with [ex-bassist] D'Arcy, but... it's more about completing the circle and leaving things on a positive note. It's just about leaving everybody
with a nice kiss, and one more swing."
Corgan told KROQ that while the Smashing Pumpkins would definitely disband by the end of the year, he felt that there was still much work to be done in the time that remains.
"I still believe that there's [a lot] left to go," Corgan said. "I mean, we want to make another video, and we have some other things to do. We want to do more recording, but it's sort of reached that point that it's so much in the air, I get asked 45 times a day. It's time to tell the truth and let the truth be known."
"It is a weight lifted off my shoulders," Corgan told KROQ of the announcement. "I think that deep down our fans knew that this was the end."
Among the projects Corgan and the Pumpkins hope to complete before bidding adieu include taping an episode of "VH1 Storytellers" in August, filming another video, and possibly cutting another record.
Corgan said that the band would likely head into the studio in July following its
Japanese tour to finish off an album of material left over from the "Machina" sessions.
In an interview last month with MTV News, Corgan hinted that the time might be fleeting for the Smashing Pumpkins and the alt-rock movement the group helped spawn in the early-'90s.
"There's sort of a new alternative revolution that's starting," Corgan told MTV News, "and it's kind of cool to have been at the epicenter of one and now starting to see another one beginning." [RealVideo]
During the interview with KROQ, Corgan said that it wasn't a lack of harmony within the Pumpkins that was bringing about the group's demise, and he admitted to a frustration at the current teenpop and boy band dominated music scene.
"There's nothing wrong inside the band," Corgan said, "but the way the culture is and stuff, it's hard to keep trying to fight the good fight against the Britneys."
In his MTV News interview, Corgan said that he hoped the current popularity of teen pop acts (such as the aforementioned Britney Spears) and boy bands would serve as a call to arms for fledgling rock and roll artists to regain control of the music scene.
"The great thing about rock and roll is that it's at its best when it's at an anti-hero position," Corgan told MTV News. "So the more that the 'NSYNCs and the Backstreet Boys sort of puff up and end up on the cover of 'Time' magazine, the more rock bands want to take [music] and split it in half, and so it just begins the revolution all over again." [RealVideo]
The Smashing Pumpkins are currently in the last week of their "Sacred And Profane" tour of the U.S, an outing slated to conclude on May 30 in Portland, Oregon.