Billy Corgan Wants to "Find Peace" with James Iha and D'arcy Wretzky
Published Jan 07, 2016For the last 11 years, Billy Corgan has been touring and recording with a revolving door of artists under the name the Smashing Pumpkins. In fairness, there have been a few decent moments, but the band have yet to live up to its former '90s glory. Now, there's a glimmer of hope, as Corgan says he wants to make up with his former bandmates.
In a recent interview with Chicago television personality Jennifer Weigel [via Consequence of Sound], Corgan admitted that he wants to find peace with D'arcy Wretzky and James Iha, who left the Pumpkins in 1999 and 2000, respectively.
When asked about whether or not he'd ever reunite his lineup with Wretzky and Iha, Corgan said, "I think the only way to answer every one of these questions is…I have no interest in doing anything that's inorganic."
In order for them to get back together, they'd have to heal their friendships first. That's something Corgan is open to, however. "There's no relationship. And so when you're talking about the natural human instinct to find forgiveness and heal a relationship, I think that never ends. That's a human thing, it has nothing to do with the band or people creating memories."
It doesn't sound like they're on the best terms just yet, though. "I have people in my band now that I talk to… and they don't want to talk to me and I don't want to talk to them," he said. "If they try were lying on the side of the road, I would stop my car and bring them to the hospital, but we don't send Christmas cards to each other."
That said, the possibility of burying the hatchet is still there. "Strictly on my part I think it's like, 'Would I like to find peace?' Absolutely, of course...."
In other words, while it looks like the chance of them making up exists, don't book your tickets to Coachella 2017 with the expectation of a Smashing Pumpkins reunion.