After a year of rumours, it appears the long-awaited reunion of The Smashing Pumpkins’ original lineup is happening.
Earlier this week, Billy Corgan told the morning show on WLUP in Chicago that guitarist James Iha was good to go.
“I just talked to [James Iha] the other day, things look good for us getting together to play,” said the Pumpkins’ frontman.
Corgan added that “there’s a willingness for us to play, but… the world has changed a lot since we didn’t play. The reunion thing is always a bit weird, because then people come in with their expectations. So my whole thing is if we’re going to do it, I think we do it to make people happy, and not go against the tide of what people would want to hear and that type of stuff, but my interest in it is sort of limited.”
So perhaps any reunion would be short-lived.
Rumours of Billy Corgan, James Iha, D’arcy Wretzky, and Jimmy Chamberlin playing together again have swirled ever since last January when Corgan expressed a desire to make peace with his former bandmates. Then in March of last year, Corgan and Iha performed together — first in Los Angeles, then again in Chicago.
Last April, Wretzky expressed interest in reuniting if it were under the right circumstances. The original quartet haven’t played together since Wretzky was fired from the band in 1999. She hasn’t spoken to Corgan since then, but has remained in contact with Iha over the years.
Here’s hoping it’s sooner than later!