With the amount of tragic news in the rock community recently, fans need some good news, and it appears that some may be on the way. The Smashing Pumpkins have relaunched their website SmashingPumpkins.com with a simple layout that has the classic Smashing Pumpkins logo. For the last few years, SmashingPumpkins.com had redirected to the SmashingPumpkinsNexus.com blog. They have also changed their Facebook cover photo to the classic Pumpkins logo.
The band’s Instagram account has also been wiped clean, with every post being deleted and the only one now being a new post of a 1996 Madison Square Garden concert poster. These actions have led to fans speculating that the Pumpkins are preparing to finally announce the reunion of the band’s original lineup: Billy Corgan, James Iha, D’arcy Wretzky, and Jimmy Chamberlin.
Jonathan Monte, a former Smashing Pumpkins blog owner who has had regular communication with Billy Corgan for years, posted on Reddit: “Late last night the Smashing Pumpkins social media changed to the traditional SP black and white logo. They then posted the Infamous Madison Square Garden poster from 1996.
Now SmashingPumpkins.com is back up no longer forwarding to SmashingPumpkinsNexsus.com, but that site is still running.
Seems like something BIG is coming soon.”
He also wrote, “The reunion crowd is going be brutal. I miss tiny shows in tiny venues to test new music.”
“Wouldn’t be surprise to see [Jeff Schroeder] play with them at some point during a show… but then again WPC said that him and Jeff were going form a side band.” Note that Monte did not say any of his posts had anything to do with recent conversations with Corgan. Corgan is also expected to release a new solo album titled The Land of Maybe later this year.
The Pumpkins last toured in 2016, with Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin reuniting for three performances in Los Angeles and Chicago. Following Iha’s reunion with the band, D’arcy Wretzky said she would be open to returning as well. Billy Corgan said in 2016 he had reconnected with Wretzky, and the band were discussing the idea of reuniting. Jimmy Chamberlin recently said that a 2018 tour was in the works in a WGN Radio interview, hinting at an original lineup reunion.