Billy Corgan Reflects on Scott Weiland: He Was One of the ‘Great Voices of Our Generation’
We were met with sad news late last night (Dec. 3) when we learned that Scott Weiland had passed away on his tour bus. The singer was on the road with his solo band, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, and was best known as the former singer of Stone Temple Pilots and later Velvet Revolver. Rockers around the world have reacted to the passing and now Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has offered up his thoughts in a blog post on the Pumpkins' official site.
Corgan prefaces his thoughts by saying he is not going to run through the cliche of speaking for Weiland and extends his condolences to those closest to the iconic frontman. In his reflection, Corgan reflects on his early contempt for the Stone Temple Pilots and how the band eventually won him over. Ending the statement, he sings the highest praise of Weiland, calling him and two others the "voices of our generation."
Read Billy Corgan's full thoughts on Scott Weiland's passing below:
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...
The Smashing Pumpkins singer is not the only one to extend his condolences and reflect on the loss. A wealth of other artists have expressed their thoughts through various social media outlets, which can be seen here.
Weiland was discovered unresponsive by his personal manager on the band's tour bus. When the police had arrived, they determined the singer was dead. No cause of death has been released as of yet and the Weiland family has asked for privacy as they grieve with this tragic loss.
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