Billy Corgan shares advice for upcoming bands: “Going out into the world and playing down the street? Don’t even bother”

Billy Corgan performs live with Smashing Pumpkins
(Image credit: Katja Ogrin/Redferns/Getty)

Best of 2019: Whether it’s an avant-garde signature electric guitar or how the color of a guitar changes its sound, Billy Corgan isn’t one to shy away from baring his soul - and now the Smashing Pumpkins mastermind has shared his advice for upcoming bands: playing live isn’t the answer.

In a video posted to his Facebook account, taken from his 30 Days video project, Corgan can be seen sharing his thoughts with a couple of Texas fans.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.