Billy Corgan Mourning Chris Cornell, Scott Weiland, Layne Staley & Kurt Cobain Is Beautiful

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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan was asked about being one of the last surviving voices of the Grunge era/90’s alternative rock in a new San Francisco Chronicle interview.

The interviewer asked, “You’re the last man standing of a certain tribe. Do you ever look around and think, ‘How did I survive?'”

Corgan responded with high praise for his fallen contemporaries, “I really grieve those who are not taking the journey with me. Speaking as someone from a generation, it grieves me that there are not so many great voices that are not along for the ride and helping bolster the argument that our generation was incredibly valuable and continues to be valuable.”

Corgan also stated in the interview that he has no interest in continuing under the Smashing Pumpkins name without his original bandmates James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and D’arcy Wretzky.

“I would say over time it took me time to realize how people identified certain people and certain voices to a certain time. In their minds, the Smashing Pumpkins is very much stamped James, D’arcy, Billy and Jimmy. I’m not that interested in doing Smashing Pumpkins anymore without the original members involved because it just doesn’t feel as good as it should feel.”

  • Olga Stewart

    Er, Eddie Vedder is also still with us.

  • norah

    Last man standing? What about Eddie Vedder? Dave Grohl?

    • Corndog

      Your uncle Eddie is going to live forever.

    • Anonymous501

      Billy did say one of the last (it was the interviewer that said last). Do we count Dave? There’s lots of supporting cast of early 90’s bands left out there. He was the drummer. I feel Foo Fighters came after that, and are something else…. I guess he counts 🙂

    • Alternative Nation

      Eddie and Billy are the last surviving big name voices that are associated with the ‘Grunge’ sound that came out in the early 90’s, though we also have Trent Reznor, Perry Farrell, and Maynard James Keenan when it comes to alternative rock 90’s singers who had dark sounding music. Dave Grohl is a Grunge survivor as well, but Foo Fighters came out at the tail end of the Grunge era, he spent most of that era as Nirvana’s drummer.

      • JSTNCOL

        Mark Lanegan.

  • Kitty Meow

    In so many ways the 90’s feels like yesterday to me… Until I see that old woman in the mirror WTF who let her in here? And all my favorite people are dead. Most of my exes. My last bf… When did my clothes become vintage?! Why do people call me Ma’am? I’m not a ma’am God dammit. And I want people to stop dying god dammit. I tried suicide too but with pills instead. Instead of dying I got a short term coma & hospital stay. That’s the painless way out. I’ve been strangled before unfortunately & no way in Hell would I ever choose hanging as a way out. My friend Dan chose that way, his mom found him…. Poor Dan.
    Billy’s voice is iconic, brings me right back… Why was I surprised that he doesn’t have that interesting odd elf look anymore? Our looks changing so much so fast is a Dirty Trick god plays on us. If I had kids, then grandchildren I’d expect to become grandma-ish… But I don’t, I’m not, I’m still the same damn person inside. I still wanna go to punk shows. I miss the 90’s still. So much that it’s like a hollow ache in my chest. I loved my life then. My bf was a promoter here in WA so I got to meet some great bands, awesome people… Live music was my Life. 😅😂 I should hit delete but this is probably therapeutic… That reminds me, I haven’t taken my meds yet today.
    One last thought. When I was suicidal I felt I didn’t have the support of my significant other. I was hurt and angry. So I can’t help but resent the crap out of some selfish Witch. What do I know though? The internet lies sometimes. I just hate it when people I love die. I loved very much for a long time…

  • Codeman454

    Ummm… am I missing the mourning part of the greats mentioned on the article title?

  • Kay B

    Ack. Smashing Pumpkins…….I have coyotes in my back yard that sing better.

  • JSTNCOL

    It should have been Billy.