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Billy Corgan talks new Smashing Pumpkins track about veterans suffering from PTSD

The Smashing Pumpkins are heralded as one of the best alternative rock bands of all time. And while Billy Corgan and his band have cemented themselves in the American music canon, with hallmark albums from the ’90s, like Siamese Dream and the colossus Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness — which has gone 9 times platinum since its debut in 1995 — they still have plenty of musical mojo. Corgan dropped in to chat with Fusion’s Jess Blank to talk about The Smashing Pumpkins’ new video for “Drum + Fife” and their upcoming The End Time Tour, with eccentric, goth-pop icon Marilyn Manson.

The Smashing Pumpkins just released a new music video for “Drum + Fife,” which serves as an allegory for veterans suffering from PTSD. It’s an issue that Corgan is clearly passionate about and he wants to make a difference.

“We have a lot of people that have a lot of time in the military coming out. You can’t just throw them into this culture [of] social media…these are boots-on-the-ground people,” Corgan says. He believes the only way members of the entertainment industry can truly help embattled veterans is through community outreach. “They need a place to go, jobs; there needs to be an active component… I’m more of a ‘let’s get on the ground here and see what we can do.’”

Corgan was also pumped about his upcoming tour; he gave Jess front row tickets for a show in July! (All with the disclaimer that Marilyn Manson might envelope her in some sort of mystical, ungentlemanly, forcefield.)