Billy Corgan has claimed Chris Cornell‘s pot shot at The Smashing Pumpkins’ reunion back in 2007 is what started their recent war of words, Banana 101.5 reports.
In an interview with Colorado radio station Area 93.3, Corgan went into further detail about his feud with Cornell and Soundgarden, after recently saying the band were “essentially coming back only to make money”, and they were “just out there to have one more round at the till”, in an interview with the Philippine Star.
“Well there’s a little bit of a backstory there,” Corgan told the station.
“Chris Cornell was somebody I considered a friend, and would never have said a harsh word about. When the band came back in 2007, he was quoted in an interview saying basically he didn’t consider our reunion to be, in quotations, to be ‘legitimate.’
“I kind of have an elephant’s memory when it comes to somebody punching me in the face.”
He continued: “Cornell’s one of those people who is extremely talented, I was a fan from literally their 2nd EP, met him in 1991 and still believe in what was great about the band”.
“But when we’re sitting there having conversations about who is doing what, I am no longer going to shield somebody, if they want to punch me in the face I’m happy to punch them back in the face.”
Read more about the interview here.
Listen to the full interview below…