Ex-Smashing Pumpkins Bassist Announces Huge Comeback


Former Smashing Pumpkins and Hole bassist Melissa auf der Maur has announced that she is traveling to Sweden to work on a new musical project.

“Landed overseas this sunny Swedish morning to take a deep dive into this dome with sound makers and listeners alike @lumenprojectstockholm Light. Light. Light. Shine my way back to my bass ….. @nato911 @sarahgvanburen Tak very much.”

In an NME interview a few months ago, Billy Corgan was asked if Melissa auf der Maur was ever considered for The Smashing Pumpkins reunion.

“It’s not even worth getting into that history,” replies Corgan. “I don’t have any ill will towards Melissa, but she never considered herself to be part of the unit and made it very clear that she didn’t ever want to be considered part of the unit posthumously. It was kind of like, ‘I’ll do this for this window’.”

James Iha said about the Pumpkins’ past, “There was drama with us all in the past, but it feels like a movie I watched a long time ago.”

Melissa auf der Maur discussed not even knowing the Pumpkins were on tour celebrating their 30th anniversary in a September 2018 Stereogum interview.

“I didn’t realize it was their 30th, I just all the sudden saw they were playing Madison Square Garden. I was like, ‘Oh, whoa, how did that happen? And James is part of it!?’ Especially because I don’t read news online. I read local newspapers. I didn’t know it was happening until recently. I mean, yeah, full-circle in terms of that band. That’s a band that changed my life. It was in 1991. So their 30 years, what’re they saying is their 30 years?”