William Patrick Corgan — a.k.a. Billy Corgan, founder of the Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan — shared a cover of Miley Cyrus’s 2013 hit pop song “Wrecking Ball” as part of the “Cover Room” segment on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” The cover, which was filmed backstage, features Corgan’s trademark quivering voice and an acoustic guitar, lending the song a more stripped and clean feeling as opposed to Cyrus’ synth-heavy original. He doesn’t spare the intensity, however, and nails all the soaring notes in the challenging song.
Cyrus has since tweeted her support for Corgan’s performance, telling him to “rock on” and joking the she would like to see him perform it “naked while licking a sledge hammer,” in reference to the song’s music video where Cyrus did just that.
Corgan has 13 Grammy award nominations and two wins with The Smashing Pumpkins for their songs “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” in 1996 and “The End Is the Beginning of the End” in 1997, both for “Best Hard Rock Performance.” Corgan is the band’s only remaining founding member.
Earlier this month, he released a solo album, “Ogilala,” which has received generally favorable reviews from critics. Corgan is currently on the road in North America for a solo acoustic tour that will wrap on Nov.12th in Los Angeles with a sold out four night stint at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.