Rumors have been swirling and churning for months about Smashing Pumpkins getting back together with a reunion of classic members, and band leader Billy Corgan confirmed that “back in contact” with former members of the band in a Facebook video today. Corgan who has been busy being promoted to President of TNA IMPACT Wrestling on POPtv, opened up about the current state of the Pumpkins and what the future holds for the alternative icons. With the recent surprise appearances of former SP guitarist James Iha at shows this year and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin joining the group for last summer’s ‘This is the End’ Tour with Marilyn Manson, the pieces seemed to becoming together for a full fledged of the seminal Pumpkins lineup. Below is excerpt of Corgan clearing the air on the entire situation including his rekindled friendship with former bassist D’Arcy Wretzky.
“There are some things going on, but they’re the type of things I didn’t even think were worth talking about because they’re more private than public. But at the same point, I don’t want people speculating about something that’s got nothing to do with what’s going on. First off, we’re back in contact again, the band. I’ve been in communication with D’arcy for the first time in 16 or 17 years, it’s awesome to have my friend back. So we’re all in communication, which as I said not too long ago, my primary interest in the old band was us having good relationships again.
Not to go into the weeds on the whole thing, but we were a family for a very long time, it just makes life easier to communicate. You can talk about the old days, you can have a laugh, you can see how each other are, you can check in, and sometimes there’s business things that come up where it’s easier to just talk about them than to have to go through a bunch of lawyers and stuff. So maybe that’s fueling some of the rumors. 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.”
Corgan stopped by and talked to Brian & Lou a few months back to talk about the Pumpkins acoustic/electric show at the Civic Opera House.