Billy Corgan Further Clarifies the Rumoured Return of Smashing Pumpkins' Classic Lineup
Published Aug 16, 2016Following a recent promotion that made Billy Corgan the president of Impact Ventures, the wrestling magnate has once again weighed in on recent rumours that he'll be tag-teaming with the classic lineup of Smashing Pumpkins. Long story short, nothing has been confirmed yet, but he did admit to reconnecting with former bassist D'arcy Wretzky.
In a new video post through the Smashing Pumpkins' Facebook page today (August 16), Corgan first discussed his new position with the wrestling company, but then doubled-down on his recent clarifications that despite promising "big stuff" from Smashing Pumpkins in the future, this does not mean a full-on band reunion. He further explained that "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."
With this in mind, he admitted that he has been "back in contact" with Wretzky, marking their first interactions with each other in over a dozen years. With Wretzky around, and both guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlain on good terms with Corgan, the bandleader admitted it's feeling good to be in touch with his "family" again.
"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," he said. "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."
But while the friendliness has led to speculation that the classic Pumpkins are getting ready to reunite, Corgan maintains that, for the time being, they're not planning on a comeback.
"We're not at that point, and I think that's a good thing," he said. "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."
He added that the group have never been interested "in just going out to play because there's a big stack of money there." If a time comes when they will reunite, it'll be for the music.
"There's excitement there that surrounds the idea that maybe there's the possibility that we will get back together, but until you here it coming from my mouth that the band is getting back together and we will play dates, my primary concern is the family relationships of the band that are ultimately so much more important. I can tell you without a doubt that if that band ever gets back on stage, it will be about music, it will be about playing music that fans love, and that we love."
You can see the video post down below.