James Iha Joins Smashing Pumpkins In Studio

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Original Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha was recently photographed in the studio with Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin in Los Angeles. Billy Corgan wrote on Instagram, “@smashingpumpkins: Not sure what cross-eyed spy took this photo, but we had a visitor to the studio the other day. So many memories when you put the three of us together. @jamesihaofficial @chamberdrums #WPC.”

Corgan also wrote today, “Life is wonderful. Keep moving. I could complain (because there are always irritants to the rainbow in my mind) but ’tis more graceful to stay inspired. To see all as being in it’s perfect place.. #beherenow.”

James Iha reunited with Corgan and Chamberlin for three performances in 2016. Billy Corgan has discussed his desire to reunite the original Smashing Pumpkins lineup for the last two years.

Smashing Pumpkins members Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin have revealed that they are working on a new song called “Route 666.” It’s currently unknown if James Iha and D’arcy Wretzky are part of these studio sessions, or if they might join at a later point.

“@chamberdrums and I are currently working on a song called ‘Route 666’. Using my early 70’s Iommi-esque Laney amp too. #savage.”

“Whilst working on a song yesterday, I asked @howardwilling_thebear how long the song was? He said, ‘about 4 1/2 minutes.’ I turned to @chamberdrums. ‘How did we ever do so many 7 min songs?’ (You know, back in the day).”

“What webs we weave @chamberdrums #WPC #thedronecometh.”

Corgan and Chamberlin’s last album together in The Smashing Pumpkins was 2007’s Zeitgeist. They released the American Gothic EP and “G.L.O.W.” single in 2008.

Corgan also recently wrote about his NWA wrestling project.

“Would you trust this man? I do. For about a year, @lagana (David Lagana) and I have gone about the business of trying to rebuild a brand which was considered by many to be on the dustheap of history. But if you, like so many, watched the @nwa in it’s prime, you’d know there was a magic there that has much to do with it’s formulation as a business in post-war America, and the saturating rise of television media. This year, 2018, will mark the @nwa’s 70th year of continuous operation. That alone was enough for me to take a chance on purchasing the @nwa, for, as some say, what’s in a name? With the National Wrestling Alliance, the moniker says it all.”

What webs we weave @chamberdrums #WPC #thedronecometh

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  • Corndog

    I wonder if Billy has another Siamese Dream or Mellon Collie in him? Oceania and Monuments would sadly suggest not, but you never know! Fingers crossed!

    • Trovoid

      To add to that, I’d happily take another Gish!

      • Corndog

        Sure. That works too:)

  • Chris Ross

    As a huge Pumpkins fan for many years, I really am trying to not get too excited about this. The black and white pic with all three of them in the studio looks like it was taken in the middle of them having a very serious heart to heart. If they can all let bygones be bygones, and create a new album, and even tour, it would be incredible. Honestly, if it were just Jimmy, Billy, and Iha, I would still be happy. 3/4 is better than 1/4. They can always try to get Melissa Auf der Maur on bass if D’arcy isnt up for it. Basically the Machina lineup, and I would be okay with that. And honestly, if Billy, Jimmy, James, etc, put out a new album, and it just isnt that great, at least THEN I wouldnt have to wonder anymore about what a new album with the original lineup would sound like. I would have my answer, and would be able to move on.