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William Corgan hints at Smashing Pumpkins reunion, but no timetable set

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Smashing Pumpkins founder and frontman William Corgan has hinted at a reunion of the band’s original lineup, but insisted that there’s no firm timetable for it happening. Corgan told Rolling Stone that the idea of a reunion tour has been “knocked about,” but added, “There’s certainly gears that turn and things get waved around, but until it’s inked, I’m in the dark as much as anybody . . . But I’ll say this and I mean it: If we never play a note together again, that’s okay. I’m way, way more interested in the fact that we have peace with each other. I’ve reached the point in my life where I’m not in a hurry to get to anything. If it’s there, great. If it’s not, cool.”

  • Corgan confirmed last year that he had repaired his friendship with original bassist D’Arcy Wretzky after not speaking with her for nearly two decades.
  • With drummer Jimmy Chamberlin back in the band since 2015 and guitarist James Iha joining them onstage for the first time in 16 years in early 2016, speculation has been rampant about a reunion of the original lineup.
  • Discussing why the band fell apart in the first place, Corgan remarked, “We were in a pressure cooker for 13, 14 years. We were literally together almost non-stop for a long time. We did a lot of work and we put ourselves through some crazy s**t . . . it was like that for a long time, and now that that’s over, and the family thing is resolved, it’s awesome.”
  • The original Smashing Pumpkins lineup last played together on April 24th, 1999 in Los Angeles.
  • Corgan’s new, acoustic solo album, Ogilala, is due out October 13th. Iha appears on two tracks, marking the first time he and Corgan have recorded together in 17 years.

 

READ: Head to Rolling Stone for more on this story

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