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Are We Closer to a Reunion of the Classic Smashing Pumpkins Lineup? It Really Looks Like It

On the list of most-wanted reunions, getting the original Smashing Pumpkins back together has to rank in the Top 10. Certainly, the organizers of Coachella must be talking about it.

Billy Corgan is currently stumping about, promoting his new solo album using his full name, William Patrick Corgan–a record that features guitar contributions from James Iha on a couple of songs.

Here’s what he told Rolling Stone:

My interest in working on just the name Smashing Pumpkins is not as interesting to me without original people involved. It doesn’t seem to have the same resonant energy for me. I like to think that if I do any work in the future it would be with them, if possible.

Whoa. I’m listening.

Fences have long been mended with Iha and Billy has been in constant contact with drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. The only missing piece is bass player D’Arcy Wretzky. Again from Rolling Stone:

I talk to D’arcy all the time,” he said. “I’m really happy to have her back in my life.


There’s certainly gears that turn and things get waved around, but until it’s inked, I’m in the dark as much as anybody.

Let’s make this happen. Now. Read the entire Rolling Stone interview here.




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