At this year’s NAMM Trade show, Reverend Guitars debuted the brand new Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) signature guitar. This was the first major event at NAMM 2016 and with Corgan there to make an appearance to promote the guitar,  a very large crowd showed up. Reverend had these beauties on display as Corgan proudly took photos with them beforehand. Then he did a signing for his fans and after that was gracious enough to give us a few minutes of his time to talk about the idea behind the guitar. Corgan discussed his input into the guitar and what specifics and effects he looks for when creating one. Of course, we discussed what lies ahead for the Smashing Pumpkins in 2016 and beyond. 

     With our distinct pleasure we bring you a rare and candid conversation with the one and only Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins!

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     We would like to thank Ken Hass of Reverend Guitars for setting up the interview with Billy and to Jennifer Burns for the photo of me and Billy.  For more information on the Billy Corgan signature guitar series, please go to: Reverend Guitars. For more information on Smashing Pumpkins, please visit: Smashing Pumpkins.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That’s when Backstageaxxess.com began.
I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here.
When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do.
My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows:
1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium – Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96
2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) – Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03
3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05
4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89
5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center – Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06
The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.