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Billy Corgan confirms U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind album was all his fault

16 May 2023, 11:19 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

In an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music, Billy Corgan reflected on Smashing Pumpkins’ legacy compared to the other greats of the era.

Praising the likes of Chino Moreno of Deftones, Radiohead, and "his greatest component" – Kurt Cobain – Corgan then landed upon U2, and retold a story about some advice that he gave to Bono, regarding their tenth studio album, All That You Can’t Leave Behind.

“So, I’m over in Dublin, circa 2000, and I go to visit Bono at his house,” Corgan said. “We stayed up all night, and in the morning, for some reason, me and him are the only people up, and he says, ‘I want to play you something. We’re going to have to go out in the car, because I don’t want to wake the house up.'”

He continued: “So it’s me and him freezing in the driveway, and he pops in and he’s playing me what became the ‘It’s a Beautiful Day’ album, and it’s not all the way there, but sort of there. And he goes, ‘Tell me honestly what you think.’ I’m like, ‘You really want me to give you my opinion?’ And I told him what I thought, and they actually used my advice, and he let me know later, ‘Hey, we used your advice.'”

The Smashing Pumpkins recently released their twelfth studio album, Atum: A Rock Opera in Three Acts.

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