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Billy Corgan slams Soundgarden reunion: 'It's all about money'

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Billy Corgan has accused the reunited Soundgarden of money-grabbing.

Soundgarden regrouped after 12 years in 2011 for a new tour and have since contributed the track 'Live to Rise' to The Avengers soundtrack. They have also announced a new album will be out in November.

Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins

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Chris Cornell of Soundgarden plays at the Hard Rock Calling music festival in Hyde Park, London

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Smashing Pumpkins star Corgan spoke about the recent increase in reunion tours to Philstar, accusing several bands of reuniting strictly for the money.

"There are those bands that are essentially coming back only to make money — playing their old albums, and maybe somewhere in the back of their minds they're thinking there might be a future," Corgan explained.

He went on specifically cite Soundgarden's comeback as quite disappointing.

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"I condemn anybody who's in that business but doesn't admit [he's] in that business. When Soundgarden came back and they just played their old songs, great," he explained. "I was a fan of Soundgarden, but call it for what it is. They're just out there to have one more round at the till; same with Pavement and these other bands."

Chris Cornell defended the Soundgarden reunion in April, saying that the long-term hiatus had actually reinvigorated the group's creative spirit.

"Certainly in writing and recording the new album, it feels very fresh," he said.

"Everyone is included and an equal part of it musically and it feels very natural and expressive, and we're going in new directions we never did before."

Soundgarden's last album Down on the Upside was released in 1996.

Watch Soundgarden's 'Live to Rise' music video below:

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