About That Supposed Reunion of the Classic Smashing Pumpkins: Not “Yes,” But Certainly Not “No”

Billy Corgan has once again addressed those rumours regarding a reunion of the classic Smashing Pumpkins lineup. Earlier this week, he confirmed that he’s reconciled with original bass player D’Arcy Wretzky. He kicked her out of the band in 1999 (crack issues, apparently) and didn’t speak to hear for years. That estrangement is now officially over.

To review: He’s friends with drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. He and James Iha are back on good terms. And now things have thawed with D’Arcby. So what’s next?

Here’s a quote from Billy’s Facebook Live message this week:

So of course when you get to the point where you’re in communication, and the relationships are good again, and it’s a good vibe, you yourself, and people around you who know what’s going on, start saying: ‘Is the band going to get back together?’ We’re not at that point, and I think that’s a good thing. We’re not rushing to something, we have to repair some things between us, and see what’s out there for us, if those opportunities are even there. We’re not interested, nor have we ever been interested, in just going out to play because there’s a big stack of money there.

We’re not interested, nor have we ever been interested, in just going out to play because there’s a big stack of money there. Of course the business is part of what goes on, but the band was never about that, and if the band should ever be again in that form, in some iteration, obviously because there’s other people involved, because it would be about the music.”

So is that closer to a “yes” than a “no?” And I don’t care what he says: money talks. And if there’s even a sniff of this happening, someone will make an offer that no one can refuse.

Stay tuned…

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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