BILLY CORGAN TALKS DATING JESSICA SIMPSON, SAYS JAMES IHA AVOIDED HIM IN PUBLIC
Billy Corgan did a near hour and 20 minute interview on The Howard Stern Show yesterday. He performed an acoustic version of “Tonight, Tonight” and discussed a variety of topics including his romantic past, his best friend forever James Iha, and much more. Here are some notes.
-Mentioned in 1997 D’arcy said she wanted to be an actress, thought her connections would get her big roles. Mentioned to her that people dedicated their whole lives to it, how did she expect to do it with no experience?
-Said James Iha negotiated solo deal in 1995 behind his back and never told him about it as it was going down. He said Iha “felt like a repressed artist” in the Pumpkins. He said as Iha’s friend and bandmate at the time, he would have liked to have given him some pointers and help on his songs. For the record, Billy said in an interview on KROQ in February 1996, “I think our man Iha’s gonna make a solo record, cause it’s time for him to bust out.” Iha’s solo album was released in 1998.
-Said the last time he saw James Iha was a week after 9/11 in New York. James was talking to somebody, and Billy wanted to go talk to him, he looked back there a few minutes later and James was gone. He left right when he saw Billy.
-Said he was tested for musical amplitude at age 7 and tested higher than anybody the history of the state of Illinois.
-His relationship with his father has improved since his father’s latest drug arrest 4-5 years ago for heroin possession. Billy helped him despite being burned many times, and his father is currently clean. Said he communicates with his stepmother who used to beat him as well. Mentioned that Jesus preaches forgiveness.
-Billy says he is single, he’s still in love with Jessica from the Veronicas but they’re broken up. Said they “couldn’t see eye to eye.” Was vague about the breakup, when asked if she cheated on him he said, “I don’t want to talk about any of that.”
-Howard’s favorite song from Oceania is Violet Rays, that’s the song he chose to play.
-Billy said he “Sort of kind of went out” with Jessica Simpson. Talked about what a great person she is, said she’s different than the media perceives her to be. Billy said Jessica liked her because he told her the truth, rather than many of the Yes people she’s surrounded by. He said he didn’t dump her and she didn’t dump him, it was mutual.
-Howard and Billy spent a lot of time praising Neil Young.
-Billy on Courtney Love, “Look no further than her attacking her own daughter, I mean it’s her daughter! I mean I can understand, Attack the whole world, attack your kid? Obviously what happened with her father, she’s had to grow up with Courtney right? And I’ve been there I’ve lived with them; I know what that world is like. For her to make her daughter’s life any more difficult for a daughter who shuns publicity, doesn’t want it, I mean it’s just like wow can you leave your own kid out of this?”