Billy Corgan chats with Smashing Pumpkins in 2016
In a long post, Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan may have revealed in an Instagram post that the beloved Chicago alternative band could be doing an album with famed rock producer Rick Rubin. The rumors and leaks continue to swirl around the Pumpkins getting (most of) their original lineup back together for a tour in 2018, now it seems they are working with the acclaimed musical wizard who has previously helped craft classic albums with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Green Day, U2, and many more. Corgan and Rubin recently worked together on his 2017 solo album.’Ogilala’.
Now this all could be Billy playing with fans and those speculating on his musical future but it looks something is happening, and we’re excited to see where it leads.
Last week, Corgan scared fans with an IG photo he shared of himself getting IV fluids, and a sarcastic caption that used the cryptic phrase “making peace”. The always-engaging Corgan then followed this up with silly singing jingle video to assure “I’m fine, I’m fine”
Also last week, we learned that Pumpkins original bassist D’Arcy Wretzky will not be a part of the reunion but she did say the band would tour. Corgan lead a Smashing Pumpkins acoustics tour last year that saw original guitarist James Iha for several noteworthy cameos. Original pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin (who played Corgan when he revived the band in 2005) also has been playing with Corgan in the Pumpkins over the last few years on sporadic tours.
I've had a crazy life. Good crazy, but crazy nonetheless. For example. I saw this picture of myself the other day. Besides having a generally good idea of when it was taken (1993 or 1994) I don't remember actually taking the photo, nor do I remember countless others like it between the years 1991-2004. Now, perhaps that says something about my inability or desire to remember, but I'd argue it's an unfortunate result of the blur of those years. Which leads me to this time, or this moment, where like so many, I share a window (curated as it is) into my crazy life. As an example, we are currently in the studio with Rick Rubin. But unless I show you a picture of Rick sitting Buddha-like at a mixing desk, you probably wouldn't know that. Or when I, in a very naive way, post a shot with a needle in my arm and ramble on about making peace with God and time left on dear 'ol Earth, it sent some signal to friends and associates alike that I was sick or wanted other's sympathy. (As fact, it was an IV full of vitamins and homeopathy to assist in getting over this vicious flu). So yes, was sick, and no, not serious in any way nor would I share such info here because this window I'd prefer to be one where you see the sunlight streaming through. The only addendum to that is when I saw how others were reacting to their perception of my misguided and poorly worded message, I chose not to react in kind; in essence I let the shadows cast be whatever you-they-them want to believe. Because we live now in a world where perception often outweighs reality, and that's fine. So to that, here's a new pic I just took of me with my sandy-brown, curly hair flowing in the studio breeze. Lots of love, WPC #wpc