At noon tomorrow, the countdown clock on the Smashing Pumpkins’ website will expire, triggering (we think) an official announcement of a reunion, a tour and an album. But even before the things tick down to zero, the whole thing is a total mess.
The controversy centres around whether original bass player D’Arcy Wretzky was (or was not) invited to participate in the reunion and whether she did (or did not) decline (what may have been) multiple requests to join up. At this point, only three-quarters of the original band–Billy, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin–are part of the plan.
For longtime Pumpkins fans who have waited nearly two decades for this reunion, this feels like a rip-off.
A lot of shit has been flowing back and forth between the parties, so Spin helpfully put together this timeline of how this all unfolded.
Today, Alternative Nation posted this no-holds-barred interview with D’Arcy, her first full-length interview in at least 20 years
As we started our conversation, D’arcy gave her take on the Pumpkins’ statement about her reunion exclusion.
“[Billy] has been telling people, ‘Well [The Smashing Pumpkins] haven’t played with [D’arcy] at all in 18 years.’ Right dumbass, because then it wouldn’t be a reunion! He says that he’s invited me to come out and play for all of these things, which is a complete lie. He’s never invited me to anything. In fact, my feelings were a little bit hurt because he did the solo album tour, and he didn’t tell me when it started. I was texting him saying, ‘Where the fuck are you dumbass?’ He’s like, ‘Oh, I’m in New York. The tour started.’ Then I’m like, ‘Where are you?’ ‘Oh, the tour ended, you missed it.’ He thinks it’s a privilege for anyone to be in his presence, so therefore he shouldn’t have to tell me, and I shouldn’t have to be invited.”
To tell the whole story of D’arcy’s exclusion from the 2018 Smashing Pumpkins reunion, we started the interview by going back to her 1999 Smashing Pumpkins departure.
You’ll want to read the whole thing here.