Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins praised the band, saying it “sounds like God.”
Corgan was officially welcomed into the rock industry in 1985. He has achieved success both as a member of Smashing Pumpkins and as a solo artist.
However, before all of that happened to him, Corgan was inspired by another rock band.
During a recent interview with KROQ’s Nicole Alvarez, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan recalled seeing a legendary heavy metal band when he was eight years old.
His uncle, who died when he was young, was a drummer who collected rock records. He eventually came across one of them: Black Sabbath’s “Master of Reality.”
He was so taken with the 1971 album that he asked his grandmother if he could listen to it. Although she was hesitant to allow him because his uncle might be upset, Corgan persuaded her and eventually won her approval.
He then revealed how he first heard “Sweet Leaf.”
He said, as quoted by Ultimate Classic Rock and Culture:
“You know, you hear the Ozzy cough or whatever, and then that sound comes in. And I was just like, it made me feel as if I was staring into the cosmos or something. I don’t know how else to explain other than I felt this kinda sense of agape. Like, ‘Wow, this is what God sounds like.’ So it’s the 8-year-old version of what God sounds like, but I’ve never found anything cooler.”
Despite having a successful career with Smashing Pumpkins, he reportedly continues to admire Black Sabbath’s sound, particularly those he heard when he was younger.
Corgan’s success will be extended with the announcement that his band will headline the “World Is A Vampire” Festival.
Far Out Magazine and other news outlets confirmed that the rock band would team up with Interpol to launch a new music festival in Mexico City from March 6 to March 9.
In addition to Smashing Pumpkins and Interpol, Deafheaven, Peter Hook, The Warning, Chelsea Wolfe, and Turnstile will perform.
Those who want to see them live were able to get tickets during the presale and general sale earlier this week.
This will follow the band’s North American tour with Jane’s Addiction.