Original Smashing Pumpkins bassist D’arcy Wretzky has spoken to the press for the first time since 2009 in a new interview with BlastEcho, revealing that she has been asked to perform with the band on four occasions and that she would “consider going back,” adding, “Circumstances would have to be a certain way. It’s much too complicated. I wouldn’t be able to tell you anyway.”
Wretzky, who has struggled with drugs and lived reclusively since leaving the band in 1999, called founding guitarist James Iha’s recent reunion with William Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin“really healthy,” and said Iha is the only member of the Pumpkins who she keeps in contact with. She said she has not spoken with Corgan since her exit.
- Iha has performed with the Pumpkins twice on its current acoustic tour, in Los Angeles and Chicago.
- Corgan, who has been leading the latter-day version of the Pumpkins since 2007, recently said he’d like to “find peace” with Iha and Wretzky and hinted he’d be open to a reunion.
- Chamberlin is the only original member of the Pumpkins besides Corgan who was part of its reactivation in 2007, and has played on and off with the band since then.
- The acoustic Plainsong tour comes to a close on Friday (April 29th) in Akron, Ohio.
CHECK IT OUT: Watch a full show by the original Smashing Pumpkins in Dusseldorf, Germany, 1996:
- Do you think the original Pumpkins will reunite?
- Would you want to see them as opposed to the current group?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Alternative Nation — agree or not?
Marbin wrote: “If Captain Picard was reading this, i believe he would say ‘make it so!'”
Wam Meesly wrote: “I anticipate a reunion show in the near future.”
Trovoid wrote: “Even though Jimmy and Billy were the integral members, most people would be excited if D’arcy returned. Their chemistry live was amazing. I think it would be worth a shot.”
Stan Roberts wrote: “Awesome if it happens, even if just once. Just have to hope that Billy–God bless the tortured musical genius that he is–doesn’t have a raging ego attack, as is too often his classically tragic flaw.”
HarrisHawk wrote: “I think at this point, Billy does just fine by himself and doesn’t need or want any of the original members back in the band.”