The drama surrounding the upcoming Smashing Pumpkins “original” lineup reunion has heated up once again. It has already been confirmed that orginal bassist D’arcy Wretzy won’t be joining frontman Billy Corgan, original guitarist James Iha, founding drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, and modern era guitarist Jeff Schroeder on the road or in the studio, but now she has offered more of her side of the story via Blast Echo and Facebook.
Wretzky said that when Corgan first posted studio photos, he reassured her that Iha “isn’t here either” and that it was just him “and Jimmy working and Jeff.” There was apparently a plan for the original four to record one new song with Rick Rubin and then go on tour, but obviously that didn’t happen. Wretzky says she was offered a contract for studio work, but Corgan ended up rescinding it and saying it “wasn’t a real offer.” After pictures leaked from a recent photo shoot, she found out at the same time fans did, and Corgan sent her the following text (which she shared on Facebook):
“as far as you not being involved, there was never any decision to shut you out, or make you not welcome. It’s more about getting on the same page with [the] tour first and then the necessity of the song came up… so focus on [the] tour and I think we can find the right way to have you involved. I know speaking with Jimmy, he wants you involved so that the tour is the best thing we can all give the fans and build for the future.”
She received another text that Iha and Chamberlin were “with him” on the decision to reunite without her. She responded by saying she was “totally disgusted with James” and that “he should be ashamed of himself.”
Corgan also sent another text saying “there will always be a crowd but without real backing in an unbelievably tough environment to win in I will walk away so it doesn’t matter that there will always be a club full of people wanting to hear old songs,” basically implying he doesn’t care if fans want the original four.
She told fans on Facebook that “she wishes there weren’t any sides” and that she “think(s) people might be getting sick and tired of being manipulated by Billy.”
The band’s spokesperson has since responded with the following::
“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.”
All this comes after Corgan previously seemed to downplay Wretzky’s role in the group.