The Smashing Pumpkins will make their major reunion official on Thursday at 12PM EST/9AM PST according to their website SmashingPumpkins.com. You can view a screenshot of the countdown clock taken on Saturday morning from the band’s site. There is an advertisement up in New York City with the Pumpkins logo and ‘2-15-18.’ There are also Smashing Pumpkins trucks in New York and Los Angeles, somewhat of a recreation of the ice cream truck from the “Today” music video.
The reunited Pumpkins lineup of Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and Jeff Schroeder spent all of January recording a new album produced by Rick Rubin in Los Angeles. They did a photoshoot last Saturday, which images leaked from. The band took a break last week, but the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex is set to perform in Los Angeles on February 19th, just a few days after the band’s announcement. Could we see a surprise show? We’ll have to wait and see!
D’arcy Wretzky told Blast Echo she was ‘disappointed’ to learn she would not be part of the reunion, and that her former bandmates were planning to tour in July.
Corgan wrote about the new Pumpkins album a couple of days ago, “So not that it matters (and it doesn’t, but me riffing on an idea is not easy evidence that a conceptual fissure does), but I’ve noticed an interesting trend these days where I will say something and the thing that is said becomes the foundational basis for some untruth. (I mean, I have a checkmark!) So, I mentioned here recently that I have 26 tracks in various stages of completion (I will go one further and say the number is closer to 45, actually).
From that number (the aforementioned 26) a monster ’tis spawned, and suddenly I am making things I never intimated. The good news is there is energy there in the lie, a curiousity, or even the gross set-up for hoped-for failure (and take that on the face of it, as much media apparatus exists to build, fete, or destroy). The not-so-good news is that you (and I will be personal in saying you) have to decide from what is said here with pace and revelation (I mean, that’s show biz, for we sit through a long movie to get us to a strong finish and if lucky, a sequel) and this kind of meta-echo that says, ‘no, the truth is what we wish/decide/deduce it to be’ (that just happens to be tied to clicks).”
Is that? Is that what i think it is?? Three glorious @smashingpumpkins logos siding down a NYC building?? Why, it is! If there was ever a time to be alive it’s the year of #2018 My favorite band is reuniting and the message is being spread everywhere! Grab your Walkman and load up “Siamese Dream” it’s officially PumpkinLand! 🎃 🔨 ( #Repost @spfreaksteam ) #smashingpumpkins #music #alternative #billycorgan #reunion #nyc @williampcorgan
OK, so because I’m crazy like that, and because I live in Brooklyn—I decided to check out the sign. It’s clearer here. Yes, it says ‘Despite all my rage, I’m still just a rat in a cage’. I’m super psyched for whatever this is going to be. Side note: I used to live 2 blocks away from here a long time ago. How fun! I’ve been a fan since 1994, and still I get excited! #thesmashingpumpkins #smashingpumpkins #sp #billycorgan #jimmychamberlain #jamesiha #jeffschroeder #themightysp #nyc #ny #nys #instamusic #icons #newyorkcity #newyorkstate #newyorkstate #manhattan #midtownmanhattan @smashingpumpkins @williampcorgan
The Smashing Pumpkins have shared a new image of two girls dressed similarly to the ones on the cover of Siamese Dream, but the girls are now older. Some fans have done some research online, and it appears it is the original girls, though there still hasn’t been 100% confirmation! 2018 is the 25th anniversary of the release of the band’s seminal album. You can view the image below, followed by comparison images of the girls then and now.
Billy Corgan wrote about the image, “When past is present and future, too @smashingpumpkins.”