Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan & James Iha Record New Music: ‘I Talk To D’arcy All The Time’


Billy Corgan told Rolling Stone in a new interview that James Iha played on his new solo track “The Processional,” which appears on his new solo album Ogilala, as well as a B-side from the album.

“I sent him some [songs] and said to him, ‘I feel like this is right up your alley’ as far as the kind of music he likes to work on,” says Corgan. “He picked out two songs, though one will likely be a B side.”

He also said he currently has a solid friendship with D’arcy Wretzky.

“I talk to D’arcy all the time,” says Corgan. “We reconnected, I guess, about a year and half ago. We talk really regularly. I’m really happy to have her back in my life.”

Corgan also said he only really has an interest in continuing under The Smashing Pumpkins name with his original bandmates, “I think my interest in working on just the name Smashing Pumpkins is not as interesting to me without original people involved. It doesn’t seem to have the same resonant energy for me. I like to think that if I do any work in the future it would be with them, if possible.”

Corgan said a reunion tour has been discussed, but nothing is currently officially signed.

“[A reunion tour] has been knocked about,” says Corgan. “There’s certainly gears that turn and things get waved around, but until it’s inked, I’m in the dark as much as anybody … But I’ll say this and I mean it: If we never play a note together again, that’s OK. I’m way, way more interested in the fact that we have peace with each other. I’ve reached the point in my life where I’m not in a hurry to get to anything. If it’s there, great. If it’s not, cool.”