James Iha Reveals If He’ll Leave Smashing Pumpkins After 2018 Tour


When James Iha first rejoined The Smashing Pumpkins earlier this year, he was clear that he was taking the future one day at a time when it came to new albums and tour, but he made it clear in a new Guitar Player interview that he is now in it for the long haul with the Pumpkins.

“I’m back in the band. But I think before all this started, I was thinking more, Let’s just see how this goes and take it from there. But you know, it’s been great. The shows have been great, and everyone’s excited — tired, but excited. Because we’re playing pretty long shows! [laughs] But I’m pretty happy with everything.”

He also discussed what he played on the new Smashing Pumpkins album Shiny and Oh So Bright Vol. 1 LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.

“I just kind of played whatever was around. There was a rack of guitars in the studio, and I’d try out a couple different ones really fast and see what worked. I also brought in a Les Paul Custom. It’s a newer one, and it’s chambered, which is great — because they’re so heavy! Then for amps, I know there was some Friedman in there. But again, it was whatever was around in the studio.”