For whatever reason, more and more actors and celebrities have been coming forward lately with stories of encounters with UFOs, ghosts, or even Bigfoot. The paranormal seems to be back in style, and perhaps celebrities are merely capitalizing on the current zeitgeist in order to get their name in the headlines. Whatever the case may be, this week’s celebrity paranormal story comes from William Patrick Corgan, the artist formerly known as Billy Corgan and former member of ‘90s alt-rock pioneers The Smashing Pumpkins. Corgan was on The Howard Stern Show this week to promote his new album Ogilala when the interview turned towards Corgan’s many appearances on that loud, angry guy’s conspiracy nutjob radio show. You know the one.
As it turns out Corgan is a vocal believer in some of the more fringe conspiracy theories including all sorts of anti-vaccination claims, mass media brainwashing, and of course good ol’ fashioned chemtrails. During this recent interview, as Stern pressed Corgan on what exactly his alleged paranormal or unexplained experiences have been, Corgan revealed that he once witnessed a human shapeshift right before his eyes:
Let’s just say I was with somebody once and I saw a transformation that I can’t explain. It’s a really messed up story. It’s up there with one of the most intense things I’ve ever been through.
Corgan was pretty tight lipped about what exactly he witnessed, but given his favorite conspiracy theorist/radio host’s obsession with the so-called “lizard people” who secretly rule the world, there’s no telling what Corgan saw – or thinks he saw:
Corgan: Imagine you’re doing something and suddenly you turn around and there’s somebody else standing there.
Stern: A different human?
Corgan: Sorta. It’s hard to explain without going into detail–I’d rather not go into details.
Stern: But did you say to the person, “What’d you just do here?”
Corgan: Yes, and they acknowledged it.
Stern: And what did they say they were? From another planet?
Corgan: They wouldn’t explain.
Corgan claims he was totally sober during the experience. Is this another case of a celebrity (arguably) past his prime trying to stir up headlines (and succeeding), or could Corgan have truly witnessed a skinwalker/shapeshifter? The problem with nearly all of these types of stories is that they usually only have one witness, and eyewitness testimony is rarely considered reliable evidence.
Still, I’ll give Corgan credit for one thing: his name popping up in headlines today reminded me how good Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is. A great nostaglia trip for a brisk autumn day. Remember the opening lines to “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”?
The world is a vampire, sent to drain
Secret destroyers, hold you up to the flames
And what do I get, for my pain?
Betrayed desires, and a piece of the game
Hmm. Maybe Corgan’s been trying to warn us about reptilian overlords this whole time.