Billy Corgan Is In Contact With Classic Smashing Pumpkins Members

Billy Corgan has officially commented on the rumors of a classic Smashing Pumpkins reunion. In a new video, he said he is in contact with James Iha, D’Arcy Wretzky, and Jimmy Chamberlin, but he also added that the band are not quite at the reunion stage yet. Despite this, there is still a good possibility that they will reunite at some point.

Corgan said the following:

“There are some things going on, but they’re the type of things I didn’t even think were worth talking about, because they’re more private than public. But at the same point, I don’t want people speculating about something that’s got nothing to do with what’s going on.”

“First off, we’re back in contact again, the band. I’ve been in communication with D’Arcy for the first time in 16 or 17 years. It’s awesome to have my friend back. So we’re all in communication, which as I said not too long ago, my primary interest in the old band was us having good relationships again.

“So, of course, when you get to the point where you’re in communication, and the relationships are good again, and it’s a good vibe, you yourself, and people around you who know what’s going on, start saying: ‘Is the band going to get back together?’

“We’re not at that point, and I think that’s a good thing. We’re not rushing to something. We have to repair some things between us, and see what’s out there for us, if those opportunities are even there.

“We’re not interested, nor have we ever been interested, in just going out to play because there’s a big stack of money there. Of course, the business is part of what goes on, but the band was never about that, and if the band should ever be again in that form, in some iteration, obviously because there’s other people involved, because it would be about the music. So speculate away, because that’s from me, not an anonymous source.

“There’s excitement there that surrounds the idea that maybe there’s the possibility that we will get back together, but until you hear it coming from my mouth that the band is getting back together and we will play dates, my primary concern is the family relationships of the band that are ultimately so much more important.

“I can tell you without a doubt that if that band ever gets back onstage, it will be about music, it will be about playing music that fans love, and that we love.”

Advertisements

James Iha Performs With Smashing Pumpkins In Los Angeles, CA

Ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha returned to the stage with his former bandmates, during their March 26 show at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Iha performed the songs “Mayonaise,” “Soma,” “Rocket,” “Today,” “Disarm,” and “Spaceboy,” from the band’s “Siamese Dream” album, along with mastermind Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, who recently returned for a couple tours, Jeff Schroeder and touring members Katie Cole and Sierra Swan. This was the first time Iha performed with Smashing Pumkins since December 2, 2000.

Smashing Pumpkins Announce “In Plainsong” Acoustic-Electro 2016 North American Tour

Smashing Pumpkins have announced an acoustic-electro tour, called “In Plainsong.” These shows will feature an “evening of acoustic based music and electronic soundscapes that allowed the Pumpkins to explore their whole song catalog in a unique way.” Liz Phair will serve as support for the trek.

billycorgan2016_638

Tour Dates:

3/22 – Portland, Ore. @ Schnitzer Hall
3/23 – Seattle, Wash. @ The Paramount
3/25 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Masonic
3/26 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
3/27 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
3/29 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Kingsbury Hall
3/30 – Denver, Colo. @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House
4/01 – Detroit, Mich. @ The Fillmore
4/02 – Columbus, Ohio @ Palace Theatre
4/04 – New York, N.Y. @ Beacon Theatre
4/08 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Tower Theatre
4/09 – Boston, Mass. @ Orpheum Theatre
4/10 – Washington, D.C. @ Lincoln Theatre
4/12 – Toronto, Ontario @ Massey Hall
4/14 – Chicago, Ill. @ Civic Opera House
4/15 – Louisville, Ky. @ Palace Theater
4/16 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ryman Auditorium
4/18 – Dallas, Texas @ Majestic Theater
4/19 – Austin, Texas @ Bass Concert Hall
4/20 – Houston, Texas @ Cullen Performance Hall

Jimmy Chamberlin Returns To Smashing Pumpkins For Summer 2015 Tour

Smashing Pumpkins will soon be hitting the road with Marilyn Manson for a summer tour, and they will be joined by a familiar face behind the drum kit. In a new interview with USA Today, it was revealed that original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin would be returning to the group for the trek.

GettyImages-83340140-630x420

Billy Corgan said the following about Chamberlin’s drumming:

“You can’t just grab somebody and say, ‘Play drums on this Smashing Pumpkins song.’Jimmy’s drum parts are so incredibly technical and nuanced that it’s a very rare class of people that can step in and play.”

Chamberlin added:

“He [Corgan] asked if there was any way I’d consider coming back for the tour. It’s a great opportunity not only to celebrate the music, but to celebrate the friendship and the legacy.”

Corgan then said:

“I want to run a business more like it’s an open door. It’s so great, because Jimmy and I are able to engage strictly on the road ahead – what songs are we playing, when do we start rehearsing.”

Chamberlin will only be onboard for this particular tour, and has no plans to permanently return to the band.

Marilyn Manson & Smashing Pumpkins Announce Summer 2015 Tour

Marilyn Manson and Smashing Pumpkins have announced a co-headlining summer tour. The trek will kickoff July 7 in Concord, CA and will come to a close on August 8 in Cincinnati, OH.

Screenshot_2015-03-31-10-59-01-1

Tour Dates:

07/07 Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
07/09 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07/10 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
07/11 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
07/13 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
07/15 Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
07/16 Houston, TX – NRG Arena
07/18 San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
07/19 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live
07/20 New Orleans, LA – Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
07/22 Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
07/24 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
07/25 Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
07/26 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
07/28 Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
07/29 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
07/31 Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
08/01 Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino
08/02 Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
08/04 Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
08/05 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/07 Chicago, IL – FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
08/08 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

Smashing Pumpkins Premiere New Song “Tiberius”/Reveal Touring Lineup

Smashing Pumpkins have released a new song, titled “Tiberius.” This song is from the band’s new album, Monuments To An Elegy, which will be released on December 9. This will be the first of two albums to be released within a year’s time.

The band have also revealed their touring lineup, for their upcoming shows. Along with Billy Corgan and Jeff Schroeder the touring band will feature Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) and Mark Stoermer (The Killers), on select dates.