According to Billy Corgan...

Billy Corgan has moved to dismiss reports that the future of Smashing Pumpkins depends on their new album.

Smashing Pumpkins have been dogged by rumours of a split for more than 20 years. The vastly successful American group have continually shifted their line up, with Billy Corgan the only original member.

Focussing on their new album, a recent interview from the singer included a controversial quote. Appearing to suggest that the future of the band hinged on their new material, Billy Corgan seemed to be casting doubt on the future of the American outfit.

Now the frontman has moved to dismiss these reports. "I would say those reports are irresponsible. We are very happy together as a band and as friends, and there are no plans to disband, nor any discussions about disbanding."

Speaking to Crestfallen, the singer explained that he simply meant that the failure of 'Oceania' would prompt a change in direction from the band. "My point was if 'Oceania' is not well received, it would be time to change our focus as a band. I have plenty of projects that have been sitting on the shelf for a while that I’d be more than happy for us to get into" he continued. "That said, 'Oceania' is a record we are very proud of and we hope people feel about it as strongly as we do."

Earlier this year Smashing Pumpkins confirmed plans to tour the UK in November. The sold out dates begin with a show in Manchester, before the band play shows in Glasgow, Newcastle and more.

A back-to-back stint at the Brixton Academy follows, before the tour comes to an end in Birmingham. Previewing material from 'Oceania' all upcoming dates are sadly long since sold out.

Smashing Pumpkins have confirmed the following shows:

11 Manchester O2 Apollo
13 Glasgow O2 Academy
14 Newcastle O2 Academy
15 London O2 Academy Brixton
16 London O2 Academy Brixton
18 Sheffield O2 Academy
19 Birmingham O2 Academy

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