Billy Corgan Talks James Iha Reuniting With Smashing Pumpkins: ‘It’s Awesome’


Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan was asked about James Iha reuniting with the band for two shows over the weekend in Los Angeles at a VIP Q&A in Salt Lake City on Monday, and Corgan was reluctant to tell the story behind the reunion because he feared the press possibly ‘trolling’ for a quote for a headline.

“I don’t want to talk about it, it’s self-evident. It’s the type of thing where every time I do anything now, I’m a politician.”

“But the story, if I say anything, then it’s online, and I don’t mean it’s online in a fan forum, I mean, people are trolling headlines. If I say it wrong, then they cut out what I said. I’m not touching that, I think it’s awesome though.”

James Iha reunited with The Smashing Pumpkins over the weekend for the first time in nearly 16 years. Iha reunited with bandmates Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin to perform several Siamese Dream classics on Saturday and Sunday at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Iha commented on his performances for the first time on Facebook last night:

“Hey all, thanks to all the well-wishers and support for this weekend’s The Smashing Pumpkins shows at the Ace Theatre. It was an incredible few nights that I was excited to be a part of!”

Check out some of the greatest bromance moments between BillCo and JIha (BillHa or iBill?) from the reunion below.

  • Eddie Yarler

    Very happy to see this. I don’t doubt the deaths of their contemporaries have left a deep impact on some living rockers. Eddie Van Halen and Sammy Hagar. Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley, and now Billy Corgan and James Iha are playing or considering playing together again. I’m glad to see all these talents making amends. Life is too short to be filled with spite.

    • Felonious Punk

      Billy should have trolled the media by saying something like “It was a one-time thing just to prove I can get anyone I want to come out and play with me”

      Then get Darcy and James to agree in secret to come back full-time and drop the bomb about a reunion tour this summer. Hahaha fuck you, media.

  • Corndog

    I don’t often agree with anything that comes out of Corgan’s mouth, but he’s right, it is awesome!

  • Ishmael

    did you guys watch the video? what happened to corgans left hand?

    • TheAwesomeGingerGuy

      port-wine stain – been there forever

      • Ishmael

        what? Been watching pumpkins videos and performances for so long and never saw that before… thx.

  • peter.b

    headline should read “billy corgan takes break from shouting at clouds to reunite with james iha, quickly returns to shouting at clouds in post show interview”

  • Poop Dogg