A reunion of Smashing Pumpkins' most famous lineup seems to be entering into the realm of inevitability after drummer Jimmy Chamberlin's return last year, former guitarist James Iha's two guest appearances with the current Pumpkins during March in Los Angeles and Chicago and former bassist D'Arcy Wretzky's recent comments that she's "consider" rejoining the band.
Frontman and group leader Billy Corgan has posted a message on Facebook, ostensibly wishing Wretzky a happy birthday but going further to discuss his feelings about the band and what might be ahead for the future -- though he indicates that any plans would include current guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who's been with the band since 2007.
Corgan writes that: "It's crazy to think that it was nearly 30 years ago that I began this wild and wooly journey, and that meeting James, then D'arcy, then Jimmy would alter all of our lives forever; for the better, I would argue. Which I suppose makes the hardships that came too, bittersweet. And as I feel speculation start to swirl about what happens next for SP, I'd like to say quite simply and directly that what matters most to Jeff and I is the music. Because from our darkest days together over the last 10 years it's been our faith that the music we make, and by extension our loving curation of the songs made from the beginning on, that'd sail this old, creaky ship forward to another year. So see you next tour, wherever and whenever that may be."
The Pumpkins recently wrapped a North American tour. The group's last album, Monuments To An Elegy, came out in 2014, though a follow-up set recorded at the same time has not yet surfaced.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.