D’arcy Wretzky Reveals Why Another Smashing Pumpkins Bassist Was Fired: ‘I’m 99% Sure’

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In a series of Facebook comments, original Smashing Pumpkins bassist D’arcy Wretzky claimed that Nicole Fiorentino was fired because ‘fans liked her too much.’ Fiorentino played bass for the Pumpkins from 2010 to 2014, including on the band’s 2012 album Oceania.

A fan wrote to D’arcy, “:( I wish [Billy Corgan] could just be straight up and get you back in the band, it seems its what everyone wants but him.”

D’arcy responded, “He and i had a very long, pathetic conversation about that. Apparently THAT is the reason he doesn’t want me. i’m 99.9% sure that he fired Nicole because the fans liked her too much as well.”

A fan commented, “I dont get why he pushes so hard against something that was such a success. guess its on to more shitty tunes and cups of tea and wrestling matches…. God bless the pumpkins good name and just get him to hang it up before its REALLY too ran in the ground.”

D’arcy responded, “That, my friend? Is Einstein’s def for insanity- or is that what you were alluding to?”

A fan wrote, “d’arcy i hope you know the fans are on your side! we want you there more than anything.”

D’arcy responded, “i really wish there didn’t have to be sides. Thank you tho.”

  • Corndog

    Can someone please cut through all the drama and the bullshit and give me a few bullet points on this? So, why exactly is she not playing in this now not quite a reunion? Was she ever actually officially going to? Has Corgan gave a definitive reason for her exclusion?

    • Chris Ross

      They released this statement yesterday:

      “In reuniting the Smashing Pumpkins, the band’s dedication remains to its fans and its music. To that, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and William Corgan haven’t played a show with D’arcy Wretzky for over 18 years. But it’s not for a lack of trying. For despite reports, Ms. Wretzky has repeatedly been invited out to play with the group, participate in demo sessions, or at the very least, meet face-to-face, and in each and every instance she always deferred. We wish her all the best, and look forward to reconnecting with you all very soon. “

      • Corndog

        So she says it’s Corgan’s fault, and the rest of the band say it’s her fault? So, who do we believe? If it was just Corgan i would say that i definitely side with Darcy, but as James and Jimmy are involved too, it gives me pause.

        • Chris Ross

          Yeah I agree. Honestly tho, I’m just going to be happy if its new album with the original three. Better than New album with just corgan and a bunch of hired guns. Ill still shell out money to see James, Jimmy and Billy perform. Hoping that if it is a full length LP, that its really good. If the three of them do put out a full length, and its just MEH, at least I can close the door on all of the years of me wondering “What If”.

          • Corndog

            Can’t be any worse than the last two Pumpkins records, right?

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  • Trovoid

    “Guess it’s on to more shitty tunes and cups of tea and wrestling matches.”

    Truer words haven’t been spoken.