Original Smashing Pumpkins Lineup Will Never Reform
While Smashing Pumpkins’ leader Billy Corgan is reaching back into the past with plans to reissue the band’s entire catalog, don’t expect the original Pumpkins lineup to reunite….ever. Corgan says there is still too much bad blood since their band’s original breakup in 2000 that prevents them from reuniting.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Corgan was asked about the possibility of getting back together again with former bassist D’arcy Wretzky, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. Not surprisingly, the answer was no.
“That’s just one of those things that are never going to happen. If you don’t see somebody for a while, there’s the old thing, ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder.’ Well, we haven’t had absence. The things that have happened between us in the interim haven’t been good. There’s been lawsuits and lots of stupid stuff. It’s only made it worse. If it was bad before, it’s really bad now.”
Corgan said he can at least have a working relationship with Chamberlin.
“Jimmy and I aren’t enemies – he’s just off doing what he wants to do, as he should. There’s not super bad blood between me and Jimmy that we’d never get on stage again. But I cannot in any way, shape, or form ever envision standing on a stage, playing music again with James and D’arcy. I just don’t see any situation where that would be possible.”
Smashing Pumpkins will release their new album Oceania sometime this fall, which is part of the group’s massive 44-track Teargarden by Kaleidyscope project.
Are you disappointed that Billy Corgan can’t make amends with James Iha and D’arcy?