The recent reunion of Smashing Pumpkins which includes leader and frontman Billy Corgan, original guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, had many people questioning the exclusion of D’Arcy Wretzky. Corgan has now come forward with an explanation, and it appears that there is no love lost between Corgan and the former bassist.
According to The Pulse Of Radio and a New York Times interview on March 22, Corgan said that he has not seen Wretzky in 19 years. He also said that he was not impressed that she shared their private correspondence about the reunion tour on-line. “I think it demonstrates why she couldn’t be involved. I was vulnerable and shared things and trusted that there was a reason to give it a chance, despite plenty of evidence that that was not a wise decision.”
Corgan added that any chance of a reconciliation is doomed. The Times also spoke with Wretzky, who said that Corgan misled her about the reunion, “He was stringing me along and using me to be able to say that it was, in fact, a reunion of all the members. Billy can be incredibly charming and funny and fun, but when it comes to money and giving credit where credit is due and any kind of work situation, it’s not pretty.”
The current lineup of the Pumpkins have been recording two EPs, with the first of the new music coming in May. Their ‘Shiny And Oh So Bright’ tour, kicks off on July 12 in Glendale, Arizona.