Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan has revealed that he told Pantera to “shut the fuck up” after they started questioning Metallica’s production in the 90s.
Metallica released the genre-defining album “The Black Album” in 1991, before following up with the controversial “Load” in 1996 and “Reload” in 1997, along with “Garage Inc” in 1998, in which the heavy metal titans covered everyone. from Black Sabbath to Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds.
On SiriusXM Metal Ambassador Jose Mangin’s podcast (via Loudwire), Corgan explained that Pantera had a “great moment” in the early ’90s, as did The Smashing Pumpkins.
Corgan went on to say that he was backstage with Pantera discussing “one of the [álbumes] of Metallica from the mid-90s, it could be ‘Reload’ or something”, and there was “a lot of controversy about where Metallica wanted to go and what happened to Metallica and if they are still metal. [si] Now they’re wearing makeup.”
“They wouldn’t stop talking about Metallica,” Corgan continued. “Not in a negative way, more confused like: ‘I love Metallica, but I don’t get it and they’re not metal and what’s going on?’
“I knew them well enough to listen to me and I said, ‘You know what? Shut the fuck up,'” said Corgan, the room seems quiet.
“‘Listen, put Metallica aside for a second,'” Corgan continued. “‘You guys are the best metal band on the fucking planet right now, okay? Focus on Pantera. Focus on being the best metal band on the fucking planet. Metallica will fix it,’ and they did, right?”
Apparently, Pantera took Corgan’s outburst as a compliment. “Then he was like, ‘Okay, drink this horrible poison, you fucking freak,'” he mused.
Last month, Corgan claimed he improved U2’s ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ album after giving advice to Bono.
He praised Radiohead and their ability to tap into a new way of making music in the 1990s.
“Radiohead discovered the world that was coming long before any other band on the planet, and they reaped the rewards and did a great job of basically anticipating this dissociative world,” he explained.
“I was making music for a world that was basically dead and dying, but I was the last person to know. So I give them credit for finding out.”