I have very specific ideas about what a live concert is for and unfortunately over the last decade my reasons and rationales have become less and less relevant. I don’t think that’s as simple as me getting older or a generational gap. I think there are changes in what technology has done to the way the audience perceives the concert and has changed even our conception of time where, you know, “I can’t go five minutes without looking at my phone.” Y’know, those types of things … My idea of a concert is very much like you go in and it should be a kind of journey, the band takes you on a journey, and if the band is good, the band can typically play whatever it wants and get away with it and that’s thrilling for the band and it’s thrilling for the audience. That’s been kind of subverted by what I call the “greatest hits mentality.” And I see that across the board, I don’t care what band it is.
Billy Corgan opens up in the latest Progress Report.