Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Hits Back At D’arcy Reunion Backlash

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Billy Corgan has appeared to react for the first time to D’arcy Wretzky’s absence from The Smashing Pumpkins reunion in a new Instagram post. Wretzky recently told Blast Echo that she was ‘disappointed’ to be informed she wouldn’t be part of the reunion. Without naming her by name, Corgan appears to credit bandmate James Iha for actually playing a lot of bass on MACHINA/The Machines of God, and himself for playing bass on “Today.”

He also seems to indicate that the band will hire a touring bassist, and that Jeff Schroeder will not be moving over to bass. The only other time in Corgan’s career that he has played with three guitarists is his short lived 2000’s supergroup Zwan. Photos leaked on Sunday from a photoshoot confirming the Pumpkins reunion lineup as being Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and Jeff Schroeder.

“What a weekend! Saturday, I was high in the hills of Topanga, overlooking the ocean on a beautiful sunny day, and according to some reports (based on photos taken or leaked) I am now a bassist. I mean, yes, I have played bass on many of your fave songs but I’m not sure I can play bass AND sing at the same time? But perhaps I can try *someday*. Other reports have @jjjschroeder (who just celebrated a birthday) as a budding bassist.

Which is interesting, because though Jeff doesn’t mind plucking at 4 strings if needed I know he would much prefer the dulcet tones of 6 (but I have heard him confess that 7 strings is just ‘too much’) @jamesihaofficial on the other hand, well, I haven’t seen him pick up a bass since Machina (which he played a fair share on, despite reports claiming a certain ‘flaxen Saxxon’ did; and as you know with much that is written is patently f-a-l-s-e). Which brings me back to my time in the hills of Topanga, dressed in a long coat, staring out into the ocean dreaming of a future not yet realized.

Wisdom here dictates that I share something I have said many times as of late, which is: be here now, live in the present. There truly is no past (but that which lives in your mind), and the future too is but a dream. So kindly, truly, embrace the life you are living TODAY Which reminds me of a song that I also played bass on… #WPC #becarefulwhatyouwishfor (tattoo courtesy of @sir.cophagus.”

Another photo has also surfaced from the photoshoot, a closeup of Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha.

  • Bruno Sílvio Martins

    The sarcastic reference to Melissa Auf der Maur shows there’s still bad blood between them. So no Melissa kicking the bass live for this tour! 😛

    • Chris Ross

      I think the sarcastic remark was about D’arcy with Machina, not Auf Der Maur.

      • Bruno Sílvio Martins

        Saxxon: . A member of a West Germanic tribal group that inhabited northern Germany and invaded Britain in the fifth and sixth centuries ad with the Angles and Jutes.
        . A native or inhabitant of Saxony.
        . The West Germanic language of any of the ancient Saxon peoples.
        . The Germanic element of English as distinguished from the French and Latin elements.
        D’arcy is a French name.
        Auf der Maur is obviously German. That’s why I thought of Melissa. But I can be wrong.

  • Stone Gossardish

    They could never get John Paul Jones but they’d have to at least ask. Ideally they get someone young and with a little more live presence. Playing around the live voice is already enough of an issue, a young breath of energy could help their live shows in 2018. It’s not 1994 anymore.

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  • Corndog

    What is a flaxen Saxxon? I am not familiar with that term.

    Also, when are we going to hear why Darcy isn’t involved?

    • Chris Ross

      Flaxen means pale yellow color, especially in regards to hair. I had to look it up haha.

      • Corndog

        So he meant Darcy, but is it a derogatory term?

    • Bruno Sílvio Martins

      I thought it was Melissa because: Saxxon: 1. A member of a West Germanic tribal group that inhabited northern Germany and invaded Britain in the fifth and sixth centuries ad with the Angles and Jutes.
      2. A native or inhabitant of Saxony.
      3. The West Germanic language of any of the ancient Saxon peoples.
      4. The Germanic element of English as distinguished from the French and Latin elements.
      D’arcy is a french name. Auf der Maur is obviously german.
      I remember people saying at the time that because she was in the videos, Melissa recorded the bass.

      • Corndog

        Well whoever he was referring to I still really want to know what the craic is with Darcy. Why is she being excluded?

        • Bruno Sílvio Martins

          He hasn’t made any comments about that, and he’s usually pretty outspoken, so either something’s up and her involvement is being kept a secret for some weird reason, or he doesn’t want to fuel her comments and make it worse. Things tend to escalate quickly nowadays, with social media and all…

          • Corndog

            Yeah that’s true. I’m pleased to say I don’t use social media at all. I don’t even have an account with Facebook, Twitter or any of the others.

          • Bruno Sílvio Martins

            I have FB and Instagram, but I actually comment 90% more here than any of those two together.

  • Mike

    Oh well, not much reason to care about this partial reunion then.