Billy Corgan has been very busy recently with The Smashing Pumpkins, with a new album called CYR set for release next month. Corgan just announced a Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 25th anniversary tour for 2021, also featuring original members James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin.
The Pumpkins are also set to record a 33-song sequel to Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Corgan took some time though in a recent Q&A to reveal that he and late Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland liked each other. Corgan and Stone Temple Pilots recently reacted to tragic news. Alternative Nation transcribed Corgan’s comments. Scott Weiland’s 53rd birthday would have been tomorrow.
Did you know Scott Weiland well?
“A little. We got on well. A truly talented guy.”
What happened to the SP message board that was up around the time Machina came out?
“I got tired of paying a big hosting bill for people to squat on there and tell me what to do or say that I sucked or we sucked or that they should become our bass player or lighting designer.”
FYI the SP Reddit is mostly positive and friendly. Probably more trolls/zombies over here.
“Maybe I’m jaded (I honestly don’t look) but I did a Reddit chat once and mod said it was the worst negativity they’d ever seen on over 100 Q&A’s. And when I did look back in the day (you know the boards) all I saw was FAT STUPID IDIOT WASHED UP HAS BEEN WISH HE HAD DIED/WAS DEAD over and over.”
What do you think mainstream guitar culture and music disappeared?
“I disagree with the question. I think there is a mainstream rock culture. It’s just that pop culture has grown and used tools beyond music to stay relevant.”