By Lin Brehmer

The Smashing Pumpkins. Oceania is their open throttle new album. And as we prepare for their return to the Allstate Arena on Friday night October 19th for an XRT 4D Concert. I had the chance to talk with Billy Corgan this morning. There are only a few people of my acquaintance that have achieved a point in their life where they say what they think.

Such an approach can give a rock star a reputation for being abrasive. In my experience, a conversation with Billy is always thoughtful and provocative and often charming. If you missed it, hear it below:

When Oceania was first released, the entire band came to our studios for an exclusive Album Premiere Special where they spoke about each track. The notion of a ‘band’ with a future is very important to the way Billy Corgan envisions The Smashing Pumpkins of the 21st century so it was important that the whole band participated in this examination of Oceania. Here’s the link.

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