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The Billy Corgan Speech Every Band and Music Fan Should Hear

 
Posted Tuesday, July 22nd 2014 @ 9am

Smashing Pumpkins front-man Billy Corgan accepted something called the "Alternative Press Vanguard Award" on Monday night.

Professional wrestler CM Punk presented the award to Corgan.

You can watch Corgan's and Punk's speeches in the video above.  Corgan's starts around the seven minute mark.  There is NSFW language.

Corgan told the young crowd:

“I know you’ve been out here a long time because you’ve been out here a long time and you want to hear the bands play, as you should. The kids rule, the kids always rule, the kids win, and they should. The kids should always kick motherfuckers like me out of the way, and I mean that. I’m no legend, your favorite song is legend, your favorite band is legend, your favorite concert is legend. That’s what makes it work, you make it work."

 Corgan also talked about "pushing buttons."  He continued:

"You have to be able to push those buttons. You understand what pushing those buttons means, but most of the world doesn’t, they just see angry people screaming about God knows what. So over 25 years ago I made the decision that I was going to push your buttons, or the people that came before you, or the people that came before you. I like to think that I’m receiving this in humility because I’m willing to push your buttons, because I’m willing to tell you to go fuck yourself. I didn’t start a band to be anybody’s bitch, I started a band to kick your fucking head in."

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