2018 is shaping up to be a great year for fans of 90’s alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins.
Vocalist Billy Corgan has been hinting a Pumpkins reunion with the original line up, which includes original drummer Jimmy Chamberlain, original guitarist James Iha and original bassist D’arcy Wretzky since 2016 so it’s about time that we see progress, right?
Earlier this year, Corgan posted a photo on Instagram of himself along with Chamberlain and Iha together in the studio.
Corgan’s caption on the photo reads:
@smashingpumpkins: Not sure what cross-eyed spy took this photo, but we had a visitor to the studio the other day. So many memories when you put the three of us together. @jamesihaofficial@chamberdrums#WPC
But of course, if you’re an avid SP fan or you know how these things go with Corgan, you’re expecting a much more juicy drama. And of course, that’s what follows next.
Don’t Expect D’arcy
Yep, you’ve read that right. Despite Corgan saying that he has reestablished relationships with Iha and Wretzky over the past year, and Wretzky reported being clean and playing bass again last 2016, the original Pumpkins bassist confirmed the reunion sans herself.
The weekend after Corgan posted the photo, Wretzky told BlastEcho that she was not invited on the upcoming Pumpkins reunion.
“My apologies to all of the Smashing Pumpkins fans out there who are excited about this oncoming reunion tour of the original members of the band. I know this is a huge disappointment for me, as well, but it’s not going to happen [with me]. I only just found about yesterday that the band has decided to go with a different bass player.”
Can you hear my heart breaking?! How would they be able to call it a classic line up reunion without D’arcy? Hmm.
Corgan Confirms Reunion Album
Moving on from the D’arcy drama, Corgan finally confirmed a reunion album is currently in the works and is being produced by the legendary Rick Rubin who has previously worked with Corgan on his solo album Ogilala last year and a 1997 Pumpkins’ song, ‘Let Me Give The World To You.”
Aside from this Corgan has also revealed that there will be 26 songs on the new album and that “he is very pleased to be this engaged with making new music at this point in his life.”
Bass Player Rumors
Behind the scenes photos of a Pumpkins’ photoshoot have surfaced and in frame are Corgan, Chamberlain, Iha, and 2007-era guitarist Jeff Schroeder.
It was then unclear if Schroeder will be the one in charged of the low end duties or if they will hire another bassist, but Corgan shot down the rumors of him, Iha, or Schroeder playing the bass. Saying that the new line up would most likely have three guitarists and a session bass player.
He also called Wretzky a ‘flaxen Saxon’ on her role on the Machina album.
What a weekend! Saturday, I was high in the hills of Topanga, overlooking the ocean on a beautiful sunny day, and according to some reports (based on photos taken or leaked) I am now a bassist. I mean, yes, I have played bass on many of your fave songs but I'm not sure I can play bass AND sing at the same time? But perhaps I can try *someday*. Other reports have @jjjschroeder (who just celebrated a birthday) as a budding bassist. Which is interesting, because though Jeff doesn't mind plucking at 4 strings if needed I know he would much prefer the dulcet tones of 6 (but I have heard him confess that 7 strings is just 'too much') @jamesihaofficial on the other hand, well, I haven't seen him pick up a bass since Machina (which he played a fair share on, despite reports claiming a certain 'flaxen Saxxon' did; and as you know with much that is written is patently f-a-l-s-e). Which brings me back to my time in the hills of Topanga, dressed in a long coat, staring out into the ocean dreaming of a future not yet realized. Wisdom here dictates that I share something I have said many times as of late, which is: be here now, live in the present. There truly is no past (but that which lives in your mind), and the future too is but a dream. So kindly, truly, embrace the life you are living TODAY Which reminds me of a song that I also played bass on… #WPC #becarefulwhatyouwishfor (tattoo courtesy of @sir.cophagus
We still have lots of questions in mind but at least we know who’s gonna be at the reunion and who’s not going to be there. Stay tuned for more because we know how these things go.