The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan recently picked Dave Grohl as the musician who has “won the race” in his generation.
Corgan went on to note that his own “greatest opponent” at this point is himself. Billy Corgan recently grabbed attention with his recollection of Kurt Cobain’s passing, where he described the late Nirvana frontman and the voice of Generation X as his ” greatest opponent.”
According to The Smashing Pumpkins frontman, Kurt “was the most talented guy of our generation” whose creativity could be measured against even John Lennon, which made Kurt’s suicide all the more devastating given the two’s assumed rival status.
“When Kurt died, I cried because I lost my greatest opponent. I want to beat the best. I don’t want to win the championship because it’s just me and a bunch of gabronis, to use a wrestling term.”
With this statement in mind, Corgan was asked in a new interview with WRIF’s Meltdown to name the artist from his generation he sees as a competitor now, given that Kurt is sadly no longer with us. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman said (transcribed by Ultimate Guitar):
“Well, if you look at Gen X, Dave Grohl has really won the race, which says a lot about Nirvana. Because not only did you have Kurt in the band, you had Dave, who, of course, contributed to so many great songs, but then went on to make so many great songs of his own. I think Dave continues to perform at a very high level, obviously, there’s been tragedy of late and [I’m] certainly sympathetic because Taylor was a wonderful person.
“I guess… I tend not to think about it that way anymore, because I really think your greatest competition is yourself. At this point, I have a wonderful life; I’ve been very, very blessed, and blessed with a beautiful family. Music, for me, at this point, is a choice. I don’t have to do music, and I’m not saying that as a snob. I’m saying that I really, really want to do music.
“So I have to really want to do it at a high level; I have to really care and want to spend those hours in the studio, I have to really care to, on a sunny day, when everybody is out at the beach, I’m in a studio and not hanging with my children. I have to really, really want to do that.
“So, I think my greatest competitor at this point is just myself, and my own my own wacky brain.”