During a recent appearance on SiriusXM's The Howard Stern Show, Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell and Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan spoke about how each having less than happy childhoods has bonded the two musicians. The pair — along with their respective bands — will be on the road this fall for a 32-city arena run and spoke candidly about their early lives on Stern.
During the appearance to promote the tour, Farrell, whose mother committed suicide when he was three, discussed his connection with Corgan, who spent time living without either of his birth parents during his childhood: “Y'know, it's just because out of respect I don't want to bring up something that might hurt you real bad. Y'know, (by asking) 'How did your mother treat you or what happened to you' — unless you're ready to talk about it. But, much like (Jane's guitarist) Dave Navarro, I find that people that have been really nailed in life. . . Like I say — that's the obstacle. If they can jump over the obstacle, they've gott a whole lotta news to tell people, y'know? They become messengers. Yeah — I know about your past and I know about your childhood. I don't talk about it, but I do feel a kindred spirit.”
Smashing Pumpkins next perform on May 17th at Oklahoma City's Zoo Amphitheatre.