Smashing Pumpkins singer and figurehead Billy Corgan has been teasing the music press this week about a potential reunion of the band’s original line up. Corgan, bassist D’Arcy Wretzky, drummer Jimmy Chamberlain and guitarist James Iha have not performed together in over 16 years.
Corgan alluded to the reunion in a recent Facebook post, where he stated “there’s some big stuff happening”. The singer continued “We’re making plans. I can’t give that away, but it’s going to be interesting.”
News has also began to circulate that the band are planning a series of huge shows next summer including a number of major festivals around the world.
The band’s last release 2014’s ‘Monuments to an Elegy’ was largely recorded solely by Corgan who performed almost all of the guitar, bass and drum parts for the album. Corgan, who has often been described in the past as somewhat of a control freak, controversially fired bassist D’Arcy Wretzky in 1999 proclaiming her “a mean spirited drug addict who refused to get help.”
Despite his previous comments, Corgan has seemingly reached out to Wretzky in a recent Facebook post stating: “Speaking of those I’ve been fortunate enough to share the stage with, I see that it’s D’arcy Wretzky’s birthday today: So a big and happy B-Day to her from here! I’m encouraged to hear that she is playing music once more, and writing songs. As I’ve often said, no one had better musical discernment in our band than she.”
The rift between Corgan and Wretzky has been by far the most severe as in recent years both Chamberlain and Iha have performed with Corgan in various guises.
Chamberlain also made headlines this week when he featured as a guest performer with Jane’s Addiction at last weekends Lollapalooza Festival. The former Smashing Pumpkins man has yet to comment about the potential reunion.