Billy Corgan Reunites With Former Smashing Pumpkins Bassist

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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has reunited with the band’s former touring bassist Katie Cole. Cole played bass for the Pumpkins during their 2015 and 2016 In Plainsong tours.

Corgan wrote on Instagram, “New album finished save for some background vocals by my friend and compatriot @katiecoleofficial. So here’s a snippet of the last thing we got into yesterday: ‘Six White Horses.’”

You can watch video of “Six White Horses” below. This year will be an exciting one for Billy Corgan fans, as he is expected to release a new album album and two Smashing Pumpkins EP’s.

Corgan wrote on Instagram last week, “The world that made me is the same world that denies you your birthright. And is the same world that says neither I, nor you, exist as we conceive in our own mind’s eye. But if you accept the blessings of such relentless negation, they and only they have the keys to restitution.

This is the maze of the Devil and the Dead. Fake idols, false gods, false life, false world.”

He also wrote, “Knowing most don’t read these missives is a somewhat dangerous temptation. Because it does encourage me to speak freely. But let’s be honest: free speech is a rapidly devolving concept, and many are now faced with a historical choice, which is speak your peace and invite anything but, or simply stay quiet and watch the world as you know it disintegrate before what I am consistently told is my untrustworthy eye. As in: ‘Hey mister, what you see happening isn’t really happening. Got it?’

I beg to differ, and hence the conundrum. So let’s just say i choose to speak through my work, and if you can hear what’s actually being said, all the better.

It also occurs to me that the need for othering, occlusion, or what passes nowadays for social shame has been carefully engineered over millennia as a most decided instrument of control. Or, to put it bluntly, what would be the need for such use of force. Or-or as Mick Jagger once said, ‘Why break a butterfly on a wheel?’ Lastly, I would like to illuminate something I said in a recent interview, where I referred to my rejection of the shadow world that is presented to us all as some new kind of Utopia. If you see the world through your window a simple, polemic choice: real or not real, sunny or raining, your humanity should kick in and say ‘It is my wish to know.’ And it’s that wish that comes from your own knowing that makes these choices easy. Break a false dream and you are free. Accept it and you will work at the behest of something unseen. To me, the stuff of nightmares. To others, cold comfort.”

  • Cody Devere

    Sounds like hell. Banging on the guitar so it sounds like one chord the whole time. Check. Undynamic, strained vox. Check. Rhyming “mind” with “time”for the kajillionth time? Ugh. Then you get to read him describe his social media post as a “missive.” Paging sad embers of fanbase.

    • Atrosion Band

      You are a fucking idiot.

  • Olga Stewart

    Here I thought that he and D’arcy actually might have worked things out.

    But no.

    I should have known better.

    • Jeffrey Harlan

      Clickbait, my friend. Clickbait.

      • Olga Stewart

        Yes, and I fell for it.

        Sigh!

      • Alternative Nation

        Shitposting.

        • Jeffrey Harlan

          I am an avid fan of TSP. Nobody refers to Katie Cole as a former bassist of this band. Melissa? Ginger? Nicole? Sure any of those are considered a former bassist. This is the very definition of click baiting – a misleading headline to get people to see if it was D’Arcy or any of the three I mentioned. If any of those were back it would be newsworthy. This is a nothing burger.

          • Corndog

            Welcome to the Internet, circa 2018.

          • Atrosion Band

            Katie Cole played a bigger role in her shows with SP (took lead vocals on ‘Stand Inside Your Love’ and ‘Malibu’) than D’arcy ever did… and Katie opened the show with her solo work. I don’t remember hearing Ginger was ever an official Pumpkin. Neither was Mark Tulin, Mark Stoermer or Jack Bates. In real time I remember BC stating Melissa wasn’t a Pumpkin, but she appears to be according to Wiki. I think the point of this article is… There have been so many touring bass players and BC played most of the bass on records, what gives D’arcy the tour if she can’t get along? Nicole is my fav. SP bass player, btw. Earned her SP heart.

        • Rich Breton

          This was full on click bait

    • Lorenna

      Exactly! CHANGE THE TITLE fuckers!

    • Lorenna

      Exactly! CHANGE THE TITLE assholes!

      • Olga Stewart

        Ha ha!

      • Corndog

        No.

    • Corndog

      Given everything that we have read recently from D’arcy herself i didn’t for a second think this was going to be about her. Actually, for whatever reason, i had a feeling that it was going to be Nicole Fiorentino.

      • Olga Stewart

        Yeah, well someone who doesn’t know the background to this story might have thought it was about D’arcy.

        And then they read the article and find out otherwise.

        :(.

        • Corndog

          True. That’s a good point, but I’d imagine anyone that would be interested in this would likely already be aware of the recent developments between her and Corgan.

  • Olga Stewart

    I can barely make out what he is singing.

    But what I can hear?

    It also makes more sense that what he writes for his IG posts.

    Ai yai yai!

    • Atrosion Band

      I am being completely serious here. Can you really not make out what Corgan is saying in his IG posts? I’m afraid there might be a lot of people that no longer understand the language he is speaking. In the sense that Gaelic is Chinese to me. Not throwing jabs, seriously asking as that might indicate something in the world market. Corgan sounds (reads) like everyone did in the Midwest USA 10 years ago, to me. He is poignant and direct while avoiding triggering the ADD children by use of too much shorthand. 6 white horses, 2 by 2… For you, Susannah. I will admit, it does take a little more effort to read this ‘ancient text’ than a Pop stars stock replies… But one is actually communicating. Maybe communication takes time. Maybe we should stop all forms of text communication until we get our reading/writing/typing comprehension up. I think more emoji’s would fix it. 😉

  • Jommy Five

    I don’t understand what Billy’s saying with his intentionally obscured writing, but I think I understand why he does it. Some say he’s just trying to sound intelligent and enlightened… I think it’s his way of responding to everything being said about him, without destroying his brand and giving media outlets more click-bait fodder.

    I think Corgan and Trump are similar in how they’re affected by the media’s narrative of them, but Corgan show’s more restraint through his use of coded language.

    • JohnBonham808

      Corgan is pathetic. Trump is evil. You are a moron.

      • Jommy Five

        Why am I a moron?

        • Atrosion Band

          True speech rings moronic to morons, Jommy. If Corgan is pathetic who isn’t? If Trump is a 4 year old and retarded, what is your Mom? Some people just hate anyone with more than them… I call these people morons.

          • Jommy Five

            Can you speak plainly, instead of using riddles? I’m honestly trying to understand what side of the argument you are on. “If Corgan is pathetic, who isn’t?” To that I would say that there are plenty of people who aren’t pathetic, whether Corgan is or is not, so I don’t get your point. Perhaps I’m just wasting my time with you because I’m trying to have a plain conversation, and maybe all you want to do is hurl insults.

            I’m not sure how you interpreted what I said as Pro-Trump or Pro-Corgan, but all I was saying is why I think he speaks in coded language.

          • Atrosion Band

            I thought you were speaking in my language. I didn’t intend to insult anyone, but JohnBonham808. lol… But you tell me to speak different now? That makes you a Moron, too. I am pro Trump, and pro-Corgan… if that helps you unravel my riddle. I speak in coded language, too… Which is what I thought you were doing… and therefore backing you and Corgan up as high-level communicators. Why should I have to state that I am a Trump supporter to be clear? … That said, I can see how my post could be read “anti-Jommy Five”… it was actually coming to your defense. lol… I need to learn to speak “Asbergese”, because everyone assumes the worst and just wants to fight. Including me, perhaps. I donno. Lost in translation, and I think of myself in the 1% of those with a mastery over English (as do tests)…. Prior to ‘double-think’ indoctrination, which I missed. If everyone is having the same problem communicating right now… What happens next? What does history says comes next? That is the punch-line in the riddle I see Corgan speaking? The answer is War, btw. I see the signs, too. And I smell it on the street.

          • Atrosion Band

            I should have just made my post reading “True speech rings moronic to morons, Jommy. If Corgan is pathetic who isn’t? If Trump is a 4 year old and retarded, what is your Mom? Some people just hate anyone with more than them… I call these people morons.”
            State: “Jommy nailed it on the head!”
            … I thought I could go “above and beyond” by making an example of how we fall for comparisons. The media was running a lot of “Trump has the IQ of a small rabbit”… click bate ads… My point was… Does that mean everyone with less brilliance than Donald Trump is therefore dumber than a rabbit? If the Pumpkin’s don’t play as long a show as Pearl Jam does that make your favorite local band “talent-less hacks”. NO! NO! NO! … When I type more than 2 sentences people call me “crazy”, so I try to speak in less… and it ends up cryptic… and people call me “crazy”. Better not to speak? Suppose this happens to us all? As GnR puts it “What we have here is a failure to communicate”… I’ll answer the riddle — Civil war.

          • Jommy Five

            Haha (I love that intro to Civil War.) Thanks for clarifying. Sarcasm and satire is sometimes a hard tone to convey through writing, but now I can see where you were coming from with the comment you posted. Yeah, I don’t think I was trying to make any comparison between Trump and Corgan beyond their need to react to what’s being said about them. I’m not a Trump supporter per say, overall I try to stay agnostic toward politics, but I agree that he and Corgan are brilliant and talented in ways far beyond me. I liked your point about those in the media arrogantly declaring IQ scores, and also “Asbergese” Lol… that’s very true in these comment sections. You only get the extremes here, which is entertaining, but doesn’t make much for thoughtful discussion… but then again, maybe I’m expecting too much from a tabloid music website comment section lol. For the record, I am very much Pro-Corgan, Pro-Pumpkins, so I’ll often give him the benefit of the doubt, because I don’t know what it’s like to walk in his shoes. But I also can’t/won’t defend every decision he’s made, musically or career-wise. But, it’s hard for me to understand how people don’t see two sides to this situation with D’arcy., but instead simply choose to put all of the blame on Corgan. I can see why you’d choose to write more short form, using coded language, especially on this website where Corgan supporters are far outnumbered by those who would rather predictably join the chorus of boo’s. Anyways, thanks for the thoughtful reply!

  • neonlithography

    What a terrible click bait headline. Yeah, you got everyone’s hopes up about it being D’Arcy, nice job. I’ve been visiting this site since D’Arcy’s interview and will likely continue but some of these “articles” are getting a little out of hand

    • Corndog

      Anyone that was daft enough to think this was about D’arcy after everything that has been said in recent months deserves everything they get:)

      • neonlithography

        Go back to netphoria

        • Corndog

          Do what now?

  • NahNood

    I knew better but just had to see wtf. lol