Billy Corgan Offers Middle Finger to Conspiracy Theorists Regarding His Voice
Does Billy Corgan read r/SmashingPumpkins? Because the Smashing Pumpkins bandleader seemingly responded to comments about his voice made by those he called "conspiracists" this week.
And he did it by giving them the finger.
The mystery is still unraveling, but it appears Corgan was replying to remarks surrounding Smashing Pumpkins' gig last Saturday (April 30) at Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tenn.
As a fan-captured video on Reddit shows, Corgan gave an inspired and elongated wail during Pumpkins' performance of their heavy Mellon Collie deep cut "X.Y.U." during their Beale Street set.
But is online discussion surrounding that what the Smashing Pumpkins frontman was responding to? To wit, a look at the current Pumpkins Reddit shows many fans expressing amazement at the performance, among other evaluations, but not exactly deep criticism.
Regardless, atop of a live photo of him flipping the bird onstage — trusty Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin behind him — Corgan dictated to whom he meant the middle finger on Monday (May 2).
"To the conspiracists about the state of my voice," he wrote. The Pumpkins re-shared the same image.
Meanwhile, Corgan presumably continues to ready the anticipated 33-song sequel to 1995's Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness that the Smashing Pumpkins figurehead said was in the works last year.
See Corgan's post and the live "X.Y.U." clip below. Underneath, see Smashing Pumpkins' remaining spring U.S. tour dates and get tickets here.
Smashing Pumpkins, "X.Y.U." (Live Excerpt) – April 30, 2022
Smashing Pumpkins Spring 2022 North American Tour Dates
May 5 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Teatro Metro
May 6 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Teatro Metro
May 7 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Teatro Metro
May 13 – Santa Barbara, Calif. @ S.B. Bowl
May 14 – Redondo Beach, Calif. @ BeachLife
May 15 – Tucson, Ariz. @ Anselmo Amp.
May 17 – Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Zoo Amp.
May 18 – Camdenton, Mo. @ Ozarks Amp.
May 20 – New Orleans, La. @ Champions Square
May 21 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Avondale Brewing Co.
May 22 – Daytona Beach, Fla. @ Welcome to Rockville
May 24 – Portsmouth, Va. @ A.U. Bank Pavilion
May 25 – Greensboro, N.C. @ White Oak Amp.
May 27 – Newport, Ky. @ PromoWest Pavilion
May 28 – Columbus, Ohio @ KEMBA Live!
May 29 – Chillicothe, Ill. @ Summer Camp