Rush's Geddy Lee and Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan were recently interviewed together by MusicRadar.com, and it's a pretty fascinating conversation. The two men talk about creating album-length works of art in "the iPod era," about communicating directly with fans (or choosing not to), and much more.
Says Geddy, "We're an album band, and we still believe in that – a group of songs. The way we approached Clockwork Angels was a little bit trying to break the mold by releasing two songs ["Caravan" and "BU2B"] two years before the album was completed. That was our way of saying, 'Does the album itself really matter anymore?' But as soon as we released that, we realized it feels incomplete. It just doesn't work for us. It's nice to do that from time to time, but it's hard for a band like us to exist without the album as its reference point from time to time."
He also discusses fan forums and other online phenomena, saying, "What I do is largely stay away from the sites that talk about our band because there's so much chatter that I don't want to be influenced by. Our fans come to see us, and there's a fair exchange going on in that room. I'm working my ass off for them, and they're hearing the songs they want to hear, hopefully, and showing me some love, throwing it back up on stage to me. That's the only thing that I can see as part of my job. If I start mining for opinions on hundreds of websites that have fan forums, I'll be totally distored in my view of myself. I'll lose myself in all that."
It's a terrific interview; read the whole thing!