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Smashing Pumpkins’ Lead Singer Is Not a Typical Liberal Artist

Billy Corgan opened up about being a 'libertarian,' how his public words have kept his band from reaching a certain level of success

Bill Corgan, the lead singer of the rock band Smashing Pumpkins, revealed in a recent interview with The New York Times that he is not the typical liberal artist.

Corgan, who has appeared on Alex Jones’ InfoWars, said he identifies as a “free-market libertarian capitalist.”

He added he is not “anti-anything except Establishment. I find institutions and systems suspicious.”

He also theorized that it was his openness about his politics, along with his love for trolling the press, that has kept his band from a certain level of success.

“I would say [that] 80 percent of the things that I get held up and mocked for, I’m doing intentionally,” said Corgan.

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Corgan previously made controversial comments many took as a defense of President Trump, but the singer said he holds no political allegiances and hasn’t voted since 1992.

Though Smashing Pumpkins has enjoyed admirable success as a band, he believes he could have better served that success by keeping his mouth shut.

“If I kept my mouth shut, and if I kept my band together, we’d be playing a lot bigger venues and we would be a lot more successful, and we’d be in somebody’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,” the rocker declared.

The band is reportedly gearing up for a U.S. tour, with further world dates to be announced shortly.

(photo credit, homepage image: Billy Corgan, CC BY 2.0, by Jordan Cameron; photo credit, article image: Billy Corgan, CC BY 2.0, by Jordan Cameron)

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