D'Arcy Wretzky Will Not Be Taking Part in Any Smashing Pumpkins Reunion
"The band has decided to go with a different bass player," she says
Published Jan 22, 2018If you've been dreaming of a Smashing Pumpkins' reunion, prepare for those to be scattered, as bassist D'Arcy Wretzky has now confirmed she will take no part in any sort of reformation.
Despite frontman Billy Corgan repeatedly teasing a reunion of the group's classic lineup these last few years, Wretzky has revealed in a new interview that she will not be rejoining Corgan, original guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin for any sort of reunion.
"My apologies to all of the Smashing Pumpkins fans out there who are excited about this oncoming reunion tour of the original members of the band. I know this is a huge disappointment for me, as well, but it's not going to happen [with me]," Wretzky told Blast Echo [via Alternative Nation].
She added, "I only just found about yesterday that the band has decided to go with a different bass player."
According to Wretzky, Smashing Pumpkins are planning to launch a summer tour featuring Corgan, Iha and Chamberlain, with a TBA bassist to fill her role — and effectively killing the dream of the band's classic lineup reuniting.
UPDATE (1/23, 5 p.m. EST): As Alternative Nation now points out, some are now questioning the validity of the Blast Echo story, claiming it was not actually Wretzky who provided the quotes. While Wretzky's Facebook account is private, Alternative Nation has posted screengrabs from her supposed account stating that her Facebook and/or phone were hacked. That said, she does not mention the Blast Echo story, and the publication has not taken down or edited its piece, despite many in its comments section calling into the question the story. So if you have been holding on hope that we could indeed still see a full-on Smashing Pumpkins reunion, you just got some.
Last week, Corgan began sharing a series of studio photos, featuring himself, Iha and Chamberlin. But as many fans no doubt noticed, Wretzky was nowhere to be seen, and we apparently now know why.
As of yet, though, Smashing Pumpkins have not revealed any sort of summer tour featuring the three original members.
Smashing Pumpkins' early albums are available on vinyl through MusicVaultz. This includes Gish, Siamese Dream, Pisces Iscariot and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.