Last week, US Weekly published a photo of Corgan riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland — and boasting some Infinite Sadness about the whole thing. We understand, that’s usually the look we have when we’re stuck on It’s A Small World After All.
Writes US Weekly in a fairly spectacular lede: “From a rat in a cage to the House of Mouse! Smashing Pumpkins rocker Billy Corgan took his Mellon Collie self to the Happiest Place on Earth, aka Disneyland, where he traveled back in time to the Wild, Wild West of the 19th century.”
We get it. That day was not the greatest day he’s ever known.
The publication goes on: “Seated in the first row behind the locomotive, Corgan squinted in the sun as he white-knuckle gripped the safety bar in front of him with both hands.”
Cheer up, bud. You wrote Siamese Dream, and you’ll be forever loved.
When the Pumpkins take the stage tonight at the Pavilion, Corgan will be flanked by maybe his best lineup in years, with original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder, and Jack Bates, song of Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook, on bass.