Just because a band continues to give their fans what they want to hear, don’t experiment with different styles and sounds, and sticks to a similar formula…DOESN’T mean that you are any better than them.
Billy Corgan can suck it. I’ll always be a fan of the Pumpkins, but I’ll take the Foo Fighters any day of the week. He doesn’t have to like the music of Pearl Jam, but to simply dismiss them as “arena rock” is ridiculous. Their first album can easily be considered “arena rock”, but they went away from that sound immediately before finding their groove.
Corgan continually compares himself to Kurt Cobain. I guess that’s apt, because Nirvana were, and continue to be, one of the most over-rated and over-hyped rock bands of all time.
So keep being unique, Corgan. Keep slamming these other bands. At the end of the day, the people will make their choice.