Reports indicate that last Friday (October 20) was the first time Billy “William Patrick” Corgan performed his cover of Miley Cyrus‘ 2013 hit “Wrecking Ball” in a public forum. The event took place at a show in Toronto at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Now, he’s honed his craft a bit and premiered a more official version of his surprisingly cogent cover. Corgan played the song in a backstage performance filmed for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Corgan first advocated for Cyrus, in his modest way, in a 2014 interview in which he claimed Cyrus was better than “99.9%” of pop stars. Corgan’s Rick-Rubin-produced solo album Ogilala came out earlier this month, just around the time that Miley Cyrus was beginning her sporadically-unbearable weeklong residency as co-host of The Tonight Show. What does it all mean? You can watch Corgan’s cover below, and read our interview with Corgan here.