Billy Corgan tells the St. Augustine, Florida press which songs they won’t be playing May 2nd.

billy_chilive-2013In this relaxed interview, Billy is first asked if he had ever been to St. Augustine, Florida before. “I actually vacationed in St. Augustine about seven years ago. This woman that I was dating at the time lived in South Florida and she mentioned maybe taking a trip up there. I believe it’s the oldest city in America. So we took a drive up there and spent two or three days in a bed and breakfast. It was beautiful. I loved it. I’m a history type of person and I loved the history there. I was surprised I had never heard of it before.”

Asked what he is doing today: “I’m doing some archival work. I have rehearsal later in the evening and we’re working on my book this morning. It’s a really busy time.”

Talking about the difference between the record industry today versus when the Smashing Pumpkins began he said ” In plain English, when I came into the music business there was a record label – independents and majors — and there were things like MTV, so you kind of knew what you were getting yourself into or you learned very quickly. I think the definition of what success is in 2013 is far different than it was in the mid-‘80s. If the big opportunity back in the day was a platinum record and a video on MTV, what is the equivalent of that today? I don’t think that’s an easy answer.”

On the subject of new music Billy explained he doesn’t listen to rock music today because he doesn’t hear as much progress ” it’s almost better to just kind of be ignorant. I mean it’s easier to listen to [Johann Sebastian] Bach. It’s timeless. And maybe that’s my biggest critique of modern music – it somehow seems the same every year. I will literally go into a coffee shop and I can’t tell you if it was from eight years ago or it just came out because somehow Bono must have had 10,000 children and they all “wo, wo, wo” through the chorus.”

He explained how he approaches the creating of a setlist today: ” These days, it’s very much that we play the same set every night. The thing we found with the modern audience is there just isn’t the patience anymore for the — let’s call it — jamming out. Where shows used to be more random and anything can happen, I look at it as I’ve got a very short window of time to make a fan and keep a fan. It’s our responsibility to maximize that opportunity.”

Lastly Billy was asked if Today or 1979 might be played at the May 2nd show to which he said “No. It’s not. In fact, in this current set list, we’re not playing either song. It depends. Sometimes for festival shows we’ll play those songs, but for the set that we have for solo shows we’re not playing those songs. I don’t look at it like I have to play these songs to get people to come. I think they come if they believe in what we’re doing.”