With two days to go before it’s presumably announced for real, the Smashing Pumpkins reunion is already turning into a mess. Former bassist D’arcy Wretzky has now done an interview and shared text messages she exchanged with frontman William Corgan, accusing Corgan of lying to her about the reunion plans after the pair made amends last year and it seemed as if Wretzky would be invited to participate in the original quartet’s long-awaited return. Speaking with Blast Echo, Wretzky claimed that Corgan told her not to worry about the news that Corgan, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James Iha were spotted together in a recording studio, with Corgan saying that Iha “wasn’t here either” and that it was just Corgan, Chamberlin and guitarist Jeff Schroeder recording one song. At the time, Corgan told Wretzky that the plan was to only record one song with producer Rick Rubin as opposed to a full-length album. However, subsequent Instagram postings indicated that Corgan and Chamberlin spent at least a week at Rubin’s Malibu recording studio with Corgan hinting at the existence of 26 songs.
UPDATE: The Pumpkins have issued a statement, saying, “In reuniting The Smashing Pumpkins, the band’s dedication remains to its fans and its music. To that, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and William Corgan haven’t played a show with D’arcy Wretzky for over 18 years. But it’s not for a lack of trying. For despite reports, Ms. Wretzky has repeatedly been invited out to play with the group, participate in demo sessions, or at the very least, meet face-to-face, and in each and every instance she always deferred. We wish her all the best, and look forward to reconnecting with you all very soon.”