Smashing Pumpkins founding members Billy Corgan and James Iha shared some heartwarming (warm enough to melt your heart) photos on Halloween on Monday on The Smashing Pumpkins’ official Facebook page. A new photo of Iha appearing to wear his outfit from the Pumpkins “Rocket” music video was posted on Halloween, with Corgan wishing him a Happy Halloween on Facebook. Corgan also shared an adorable photo with his son Augustus Juppiter.
Billy Corgan has strongly been hinting at a reunion of Smashing Pumpkins’ original lineup. In August, he discussed what a Smashing Pumpkins reunion album might sound like in a Facebook video.
“Well last time I said anything about SP news, it turned into a big story about how the band was reuniting, so I guess I’ll just let people read my facial ticks. (Makes facial ticks) Is the band reuniting? I don’t know, but definitely making plans for next year, definitely making plans to tour next year under the name Smashing Pumpkins. Who will be on stage? We shall see. (Makes facial tick) There’s my tick.”
He added, “Call me crazy, but I am getting a hankering to starting writing rock and roll music again. I find myself obsessing on riffs in my head. I would say if I was going to make an album of SP music again, it would probably be somewhere between Gish and Siamese Dream type styles. I think I’m ready to get back to big riffs, big choruses. So I guess I have to get Jimmy Chamberlin on the phone (makes facial tick), there’s another tick, and maybe some other people (makes facial tick) who used to be in the band.”
In another August Facebook video, he discussed D’arcy Wretzky.
“There are some things going on, but they’re the type of things I didn’t even think were worth talking about because they’re more private than public. But at the same point, I don’t want people speculating about something that’s got nothing to do with what’s going on. First off, we’re back in contact again, the band. I’ve been in communication with D’arcy for the first time in 16 or 17 years, it’s awesome to have my friend back. So we’re all in communication, which as I said not too long ago, my primary interest in the old band was us having good relationships again.
Not to go into the weeds on the whole thing, but we were a family for a very long time, it just makes life easier to communicate. You can talk about the old days, you can have a laugh, you can see how each other are, you can check in, and sometimes there’s business things that come up where it’s easier to just talk about them than to have to go through a bunch of lawyers and stuff. So maybe that’s fueling some of the rumors. So of course when you get to the point where you’re in communication, and the relationships are good again, and it’s a good vibe, you yourself, and people around you who know what’s going on, start saying: ‘Is the band going to get back together?’ We’re not at that point, and I think that’s a good thing. We’re not rushing to something, we have to repair some things between us, and see what’s out there for us, if those opportunities are even there.
We’re not interested, nor have we ever been interested, in just going out to play because there’s a big stack of money there. Of course the business is part of what goes on, but the band was never about that, and if the band should ever be again in that form, in some iteration, obviously because there’s other people involved, because it would be about the music. So speculate away, because that’s from me, not an anonymous source.”
He later said, “There’s excitement there that surrounds the idea that maybe there’s the possibility that we will get back together, but until you here it coming from my mouth that the band is getting back together and we will play dates, my primary concern is the family relationships of the band that are ultimately so much more important. I can tell you without a doubt that if that band ever gets back on stage, it will be about music, it will be about playing music that fans love, and that we love.”