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You’ll Know That the 90s Alt-Rock Revival is Here When the Smashing Pumpkins Reunite (and It Might Happen)

Don’t get too excited, but there’s a story circulating that Billy Corgan is shopping the idea of a Smashing Pumpkins reunion–whatever that means. Could it be a return of the classic lineup? If this is the case, it’s a reunion 16 years in the making.

Let’s examine the highly circumstantial evidence.

Billy Corgan: Still crusty, but he appears to be mellowing. He also mentioned in a recent live Facebook vlog that “something big” was in the works. “We’re making plans. I can’t give that away, but it’s going to be interesting.”

Jimmy Chamberlin: He and Billy have kept in close contact over the decades (certain heroin issues notwithstanding). In fact, Jimmy has been playing with Billy lately.

James Iha: One of the biggest surprises of the spring was Iha’s appearance onstage with Billy in March.

D’Arcy Wretzky: She’s been out of sight for years, but she recently resurfaced to say that she’d be into playing bass for the band again.

If all the details can worked out and all the egos can be parked, such a reunion would be a massive draw on the 2016 festival circuit. And with royalties from album sales evaporating, the payday (and estate planning opportunities) for the band would be outstanding.

C’mon Billy. What’s going on?


Alan Cross

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