Hear Billy Corgan's Raw Cover of Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' - Rolling Stone
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Hear Billy Corgan’s Raw Cover of Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’

Rocker turns pop ballad into minimal acoustic cover while touring solo record, ‘Ogilala’

Billy Corgan encored the recent Toronto stop of his Ogilala tour with a brash, acoustic version of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” 

The Smashing Pumpkins singer replaced Cyrus’ tearjerking melisma with his clipped, nasal deadpan. The bridge’s lyrics like “I never meant to start a war/ I just wanted you to let me in” felt eerily Pumpkins-esque under Corgan’s voice. With just acoustic guitar, Corgan ticked up the song’s tempo and frequently slipped off-key, giving the song an unvarnished warmth. 

In 2014, Corgan told a French rock radio station (OUI FM) that he admired Miley Cyrus as a singer-songwriter and would consider collaborating with her. “She’s a very good singer,” Corgan said at the time. “So at least I can stand back and say qualitatively that she’s a better pop star than 99.99% of them, even if I don’t like the music.”

Corgan’s brief fall solo tour for Ogilala will wrap in mid-November in the Masonic Lodge inside Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery. In addition, Corgan also created and screened his new silent film, Pillbox, in the U.S. and in London. 


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