Billy Corgan Asked Emotional Scott Weiland Question


Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discussed late Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland and Elliott Smith in a new Instagram story Q&A.

Have you ever met Scott Weiland?

“Yes, of course.”

What do you think about Elliott Smith?

“Great songwriter. Very shy. Met him while we were recording Adore. Was in next studio over. Talked many times.”

What are the odds of hearing some really deep cuts later in the tour?

“Nilly Nil. We played deep cuts for many years and I never heard so much bitching in my zig-zag life. There will be deep cuts shows soon, but this ain’t the time.”

Weiland recorded a song called “Blue Eyes” with Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha a year before he died.

Corgan wrote about Weiland in December 2015 following his death, “Having just woken to the news of this passing, I feel compelled to put pen to paper and pay my respects to Scott. And in that I will not pretend to know more than I know, or add some sad homily to how he loved his life. At least in that, may I now say he is undoubtably in the arms of grace and eternal love.

May I also offer my humble condolences to his family, friends, and band mates; who have, and are, suffering this great loss. For when anyone as vaunted leaves far too soon, we mourn all that might have been.

As any fan, I find myself reflecting on what I do have in my own treasure chest: in scarce moments where Scott and I spoke as contemporaries or competitors, and got to know each as people other past the footlights and shadows we were so busy casting to the world. It may seem trite in reflection, but I’d try to make him giggle when I saw that the manic whirl of the dumb parties we were at (in Hollywood, no less!) might be causing undue stress.

It was, I’d guess you’d say, my way of apology for having been so critical of STP when they appeared on the scene like some crazy, man-fueled rocket. And not only was the knight up front freshly handsome to a fault, but he could sing too! As any supreme actor gives a real and different voice to each character played.

It was STP’s 3rd album that had got me hooked, a wizardly mix of glam and post-punk, and I confessed to Scott, as well as the band many times, how wrong I’d been in assessing their native brilliance. And like Bowie can and does, it was Scott’s phrasing that pushed his music into a unique, and hard to pin down, aesthetic sonicsphere.

Lastly, I’d like to share a thought which though clumsy, I hope would please Scott In Hominum. And that is if you asked me who I truly believed were the great voices of our generation, I’d say it were he, Layne, and Kurt.

So it goes beyond tragedy to say it is we who lost them, and not the other way round…”

Corgan recently posted on his Instagram story:

  • T. M.
  • makingconnections

    I like to hear Billy Corgan’s words about Scott Weiland. He speaks beautifully about him and words such as his aren’t heard often enough. It’s interesting that just today I was watching an interview of Scott at an awards show and STP had been nominated in the same category as Smashing Pumpkins. The journalist asked what he thought STP’s chances of winning were and Scott said they were there solely to hear Smashing Pumpkins and he knew they’d win. (He also mentioned that it wasn’t a sport’s tournament…I liked that!)

  • Gregory Marini

    Emotional question: “Have you ever met Scott Weiland”…

  • Olga Stewart

    I guess Chris Cornell doesn’t count as a great vocalist?

    • Kevin J

      I’m guessing he said that before Chris died? If not maybe he just forgot to mention him. Could be a simple mistake because everyone knows how great Chris was.

    • Trovoid

      Exactly! I noticed this as well. I think he deliberately leaves Chris out because Chris and SG offended him. Even though he has ‘changed’ he is still a big baby and doesn’t want to be too verbal about Chris’ talent. No way it was a mistake.

      • Olga Stewart

        The only thing I do like about Billy is that he loves cats.

        Outside of that, he can be as much of a baby as he wants.

        Oh and guess what?

        Billy is now doing exactly what he accused both Chris and Soundgarden of.

        Man, oh man! :(.

        • Trovoid

          I know, he is such a bastard. When they reunited he said, “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.”

          Then he does a nostalgia tour. SG even released a new record. Billy is a professional hypocrite 🙂 I will say that the SP shows seem amazing (despite Billy doing costume changes and the other narcissistic theatrics). I noticed Billy is making an obvious effort to seem tolerant of everyone lately. He was definitely inspired by Axl Rose’s changed demeanor and success with GnR reunion shows. And yet he still won’t talk about Chris.

          • Olga Stewart

            I wonder if he regrets saying that now that Chris is gone?

            Maybe that’s why he won’t talk about Chris?

          • Trovoid

            That is true actually. He said, “I wish I had more answers and I’d done more. I knew Chris, and we had a bit of a falling out and were never able to patch that up. I wish I hadn’t contributed in even the most miniscule way to his unhappiness. I wish I’d have been a force for encouragement, because he influenced me, and I looked up to him.”

            I bet Billy is still taking it all personally though, he tends to say things for the sake of sounding admirable.

            It was from this article (which funnily enough has a short conversation from both of us):

          • Olga Stewart

            Ah yes but I remember that particular article.

    • baby666doll

      So what? Thats his opinion. and thats your opinion.

      • Olga Stewart

        Duly noted.

  • Džizus Krajstović

    >”EMOTIONAL QUESTION” in the title
    >”Have you ever met Scott Weiland?”

    So emotional. I cri everitiem.

    • T. M.

      I cry for your bad English…

      • Džizus Krajstović

        Thank mai fren

  • Cassie Brown

    I’m still not over Scott! And I named my daughter after Layne.. just so sad.

  • Adam

    Sooo this “emotional question” was, “Have you ever met Scott Weiland?” & his “emotional” response was “Yea, of course”. Holy smokes this site is nothing but sensationalized click-bait garbage anymore. Take a stupid question, that’s totslly meritless on its own… recycle an old article for the “meat” of the actual “story”, give it a click bait title… & this is what currently passes as “News”, pr gag, “Journalosm”?? Wow you all should be totally embarrassed, honestly. It wasn’t enough that you schill for these shitty people like D’arcy & Vicky Cornell, attempting to protect their images for continued access or interaction… closing threads with disparaging comments… deleting comments etc… sold all the way the F out… it’s disgusting really…

    • makingconnections

      Geez, you’re so full of negativity as though you’re trying to divide us…and you don’t spell “journalism” properly. Are you a Russian hacker?

    • makingconnections

      What’s truly disgusting is a person who only ever brings negativity and contempt whenever they post. If you hate this site and feel everyone should be embarrassed then find a site you’re comfortable with….but then as someone who posted so many horrible comments about Scott Weiland when he was alive, I’m sure it satisfies you to dis those that are remembering him in a respectful way.

  • Julio-G

    Yes, of course.