Smashing Pumpkins will most likely split in 2015 after they release their new album

Billy Corgan says some fans don't care about new music and only want to hear their old songs

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Posted 2nd September 2014 in News, Smashing Pumpkins | By Clickmusic News Desk
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Smashing Pumpkins could split up for good in 2015 and Billy Corgan says it's down to an increasingly vocal group of fans who only want to hear their old records.

The band split originally in 2000, but reformed in 2006 and returned to album charts around the world in 2007 with Zeitgeist. But while they've continued to release music successfully since then, Billy says it's getting harder and harder to deal with fans who want them to play the same old back catalogue at their concerts.

He told Chicago Tribune: "When this process is over, I'm either going to bail on this ship for good, like 'I'm done,' or I'm going to have a new ship to sail on."

He then clarified his disappointment that some people only want them to recycle their old material, adding that the idea of Smashing Pumpkins was to always be progressive and keep up momentum with new music.

Billy revealed: "How do you say, 'I still matter'? How do you say, 'How does one of my contemporaries get treated like a contemporary artist, and how do I get treated like I'm supposed to play 'Siamese Dream' for the rest of my life?' At some point you've got to fight this fight or go away."

He added: "To go back under the Smashing Pumpkins name engendered a lot of people expecting us to be nothing more than a reunion band, playing its greatest hits, and with a fan base not particularly keen to listen to the new music... The band was founded on an idea that it must be progressive and it must always be moving forward."