Billy Corgan Writes Tribute to Scott Weiland

2015-12-06

Story by Anne Erickson

Billy Corgan says Scott Weiland was one of the great voices of his generation

Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins has penned a tribute to Scott Weiland, who passed away Thursday (Dec. 3) at the age of 48. Corgan posted the message on the Smashing Pumpkins’ website.

“Having just woken to the news of this passing, I feel compelled to put pen to paper and pay my respects to Scott,” Corgan states. “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 undoubtedly in the arms of grace and eternal love.”

He added, “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.”

It took Corgan a while to appreciate Weiland’s talent. Corgan says he was critical to Stone Temple Pilots “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.”

He ends the note saying Weiland was one of the finest singers of his era.

“Lastly, I’d like to share a thought which though clumsy, I hope would please Scott In Hominum,” Corgan states. “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 (Staley), and Kurt (Cobain).”

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