99Rock Music News: If Someone Rushed the Stage on Billy Corgan at the GRAMMYs, He’d Knock Them Out
Photo credit of Billy Corgan at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas (Photo by Gabriel Olsen)
By Marissa G. Muller of Radio.com
Original opinionated Chicago artist and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has been surprisingly quiet for awhile now the controversial ways of his hometown peer Kanye West—but that silence is no more.
Corgan has unleashed his thoughts on the rapper’s GRAMMYs blunder and the awards ceremony as a whole.
What’s more surprising than the length of Corgan’s silence though might be how measured and diplomatic is response is. Full disclosure: “Kanye’s from Chicago so I gotta be careful, I gotta represent,” he began, while in an interview on The Morning Show in Australia.
But he didn’t hold back his feelings on how Kanye was wrong to disrupt Beck‘s moment. “I think it’s inappropriate for any artist to take somebody else’s moment and make it their own,” he said. “In that particular moment you’re basically saying that everything that Beck’s done to be in that position is negated because in your own mind it’s not relevant to you, or your own thing. I didn’t think that’s the moment to do it.”
As for how West should have handled it? Of course serial blogger Corgan recommended that ‘Ye type out his feelings after. “Maybe afterwards you can say that, you can put it in your own blog,” he said. “But to jump on stage and steal that moment, to reappropriate it in your own way I think is inappropriate.”
Another thing that Corgan thinks is inappropriate? How social media has affected the way the public watches and responds to awards shows in general. “I will add—and I mean this in all seriousness—the problem with the social media era is the GRAMMYs will be rewarded for bad behavior and so by extension will Kanye,” he went on. “It really should be a celebration of accomplishment and it becomes another version of high school.”
In Corgan’s version of high school though, it is okay to revert to violence. “I’ve been on that podium too [Smashing Pumpkins have won two GRAMMYs], and if someone got up on my stage I’d knock them out,” he said. “I don’t care who it is, I would’ve knocked them out…. That’s my stage. I earned the right to be on the stage at that moment.”
So note to West: don’t think about rushing the stage if Corgan is ever on the receiving end of an award Beyonce was up for.