Billy Corgan Announces Zwan Reunion Tour Plans


Smashing Pumpkins members Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin are discussing plans for a Zwan reunion tour. The reunion though will be similar to the 2007 Zeitgeist tour, with what appears to be new members replacing David Pajo, Matt Sweeney, and Paz Lenchantin. Zwan were together from 2001 to 2003, releasing their lone album Mary Star of the Sea in 2003 before splitting up. Corgan discussed the tour plans in a recent Instagram story Q&A’s.

Zwan is just as powerful as your other projects. Is a reissue set in stone?

“Yes, discussing a reissue and a tour with JC and I and some friends.”

Any chance of reunion shows when the Zwan reissue is done?

“Maybe before with Jimmy and I and whoever we’d choose.”

On April 24, 2005 in the Chicago Tribune, Corgan commented on the breakup of the band: “The music wasn’t the big problem, it was more their attitude… Sex acts between band members in public. People carrying drugs across borders. Pajo sleeping with the producer’s girlfriend while we were making the record.”

In the May 27, 2005 edition of Entertainment Weekly, Corgan said, “Sex and drugs and junk. Tick off the list: heroin, band members having relationships…You don’t trust the person next to you. I’m on the bus. I send an email to somebody and I throw my BlackBerry in my little day bag. The next day, my ex-girlfriend calls me screaming. Somebody in the group went into my BlackBerry and forwarded her an e-mail that another girl sends me. I mean, that’s the kind of stuff we were dealing with.

In the same Entertainment Weekly article, Corgan disclosed that things went wrong at some of the very first recording sessions. “…it was like, ‘What do you mean the guitar’s out of tune? What do you mean I have to be there at 11? What do you mean I can’t order $100 of lobster every day?’ I mean, like, bad. But it was too late. It was already public. The album was going out. So I did what I always did: try to make the best of a situation and start covering up. Put on a good face. And honestly, I’m glad the thing didn’t sell, because if it had sold well it would have been really tough. I would look like I was going to walk away from something that I’d just built.”

He also stated that he can no longer listen to Mary Star of the Sea, because to him it sounds like “thousands of lies upon lies upon lies. It’s a shame because there’s tons of music unreleased that will just sit in a box until I can stomach it.” When asked which of his two former bands would ever reform, he said, “Pumpkins. You’ll never see Zwan. I’ll never go anywhere near those people. Ever. I mean, I detest them. You can put that in capital letters. Bad people. James and D’arcy are good people. They might be misguided people, but they’re good people.”

Last year David Pajo attacked Billy Corgan, comparing him to President Donald Trump.

“When the campaign was happening, I was like, ‘Wow, Trump is so much like Corgan,” Pajo explained in an episode of the Kreative Kontrol podcast. “I’m sure Billy loves this guy. I know he’s a Trump supporter. He has to be.”

Pajo added, “He’s got millions of dollars. He’s got that ego. He loves the ‘bully mentality.’ I don’t keep up with him, and I don’t wanna talk bad about him. But I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he was a Trump supporter. In fact, I’d be more surprised if he wasn’t.” Ouch. If such a condemnation doesn’t ruin a career, I don’t know what will.

“[Corgan] can very convincingly front that he’s a sensitive liberal person, but maybe now that Trump’s made it OK to not act like that, for people like him, he’s gonna start shouting that.”

  • Chris

    Good because those songs are some of his best material and nobody knows it.

    • Robb

      True that. Was actually a good period musically, Spun soundtrack etc

  • Mikey 🐮💩🐙🐧🐒🐸🐰

    Still never have listened to that album. Was reading some about Zwan this morning though. He seems to change his story a bit on why they broke up.. can’t keep his bs straight, sort of like with SP. If everything negative that happened was everyone else’s fault but his, then why did he make them sign non-disclosure agreements?

    • Ron Brown

      So you know nothing about the important part, the music. Please post all contradictory statements BC made.

      • Mikey 🐮💩🐙🐧🐒🐸🐰

        Didn’t say i knew nothing about it, said i hadn’t listened to the whole album. I’ve heard 2 songs from it. They don’t sound that interesting to make me want to hear more really. I may listen to it sometime but there’s no hurry. In general, the idea of hearing him sing about love and faith and him trying to act enlightened as that album is described as being about doesn’t sound appealing at all. His best songs were all from the time before the world knew what an asshole he is. The more he’s talked over the years and shown who he is, the less likable he’s become. As for his bs regarding SP/James/D’arcy/MAdM, you can look that shit up yourself. The part i was referring to about Zwan was this: “He blamed his bandmates’ bad behavior for the breakup, citing drugs, mistrust and sexual malfeasance. Later, he said it came down to music and expectations.” Again, if it was everyone else’s fault, why did he want them to sign NDAs? That itself is contradictory.

        That guy’s Trump comparison is probably pretty accurate. They’re both total narcissists that seem to be mostly concerned with feeding their own ego.. and they’re both total liars and full of shit.

        Y’know, he would probably be insulted at you thinking that the Zwan album is more important than him and his ego.. how dare you. Now if you’ll excuse me, i’m gonna go take a giant shit while listening to Knights of Malta, which is all that song is good for. Whoa, whoa whoa whoa whoa, whoooaaa!

  • Dade Martin

    Someone needs to punch you in the dick Brett. Zwan isn’t something you clickbait around with! Clearly this wasn’t an “announcement” you fucking moron. He’s made tons of claims about things he’s “talking about doing” that never saw the light of day.

  • I’ve known Billy since his ‘Siamese Dream’ recording sessions near Atlanta in ’93, and my former band co-performed with Pumpkins in Tallahassee FL. 4.9.94 (the day after Kurt Cobain’s suicide was discovered).
    I like Billy, but a lot of what he says should be taken with a pound of salt.