Billy Corgan didn’t require any warming up in an interview last week at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.
“I’m on fire,” the Smashing Pumpkins frontman said as he took a seat by the pool, just hours after flying in from New York, where he’d spent a few days hyping his band’s new album, “Monuments to an Elegy.”
Corgan, 47, had come to L.A. for more promotion, including a performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and a concert scheduled for Tuesday night at the Fonda Theatre. But the urgency radiating off him wasn’t merely the byproduct of a busy schedule. He had the tumult of the music industry -- and Smashing Pumpkins’ position in it -- on his mind too.