Billy Corgan explains why he wore Kurt Cobain’s coat during the 1994 VMA’s..
Caller: ”..I wanted to know, I saw you in various pictures wearing a flannel coat that looked exactly like Kurt Cobain’s?”
Billy Corgan: “Yeah, that’s an interesting story, actually, if you’d like to hear it.”
Caller: “And it said in a magazine that it was his.”
Billy Corgan: “It is true. It was his coat.”
Caller: “How’d you get it?”
Billy Corgan: “Well, it’s interesting. One of those crazy Courtney stories. [laughs] Um. We were playing in Seattle and for some reason it was summer but it was cold. And, you know, she goes, ‘Here, I brought you this coat’. And it looks awful Seattle-like and I look at her, and she goes ‘Don’t worry, its mine. It wasn’t his’. Fine. So, I’m wearing this coat, da-da-da, I go to New York to do the MTV awards, and people who knew Kurt, and who know me were going ‘Oh my god, you’re wearing his coat. What the hell is going on?’ And I’m like- I told the story, off goes the coat. I do the SPIN interview, and the guy was the one who wrote the Nirvana book, Come As You Are. Whatever.. so, and he asked me about the coat. It was an innocent like I didn’t know, and suddenly its in the thing like I’m wearing it like some kind of badge. And then I’m Kurt Jr. or something, y’know? So there’s one of those crazy Courtney stories.”
KROQ radio,February 2, 1996