Smashing Pumpkins Are Almost Done With Two New EPs

Billy Corgan has confirmed that Smashing Pumpkins are almost done with two new EPs and that the first single should arrive in May. Eight songs, including “Alienation,” “Travels,” “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts),” “Solara,” “With Sympathy,” “Marchin’ On,” “Knights of Malta” and “Seek and You Shall Destroy,” will be divided among the two releases. Corgan posted the following about that:


Billy Corgan Reveals Titles To Eight New Smashing Pumpkins Songs

In a new Instagram post, Billy Corgan has confirmed the titles of eight new Smashing Pumpkins songs including: “Alienation,” “Travels,” “Silvery Sometimes,” “Solara,” “With Sympathy,” “Marchin’ On,” “Knights of Malta” and “Seek and You Shall Destroy.” Furthermore, he also revealed that his upcoming solo album is “currently between 16 and 18 songs and still in need of overdubs.” You can check out his full post below:

Smashing Pumpkins Officially Announce “Shiny And Oh So Bright” Tour

Smashing Pumpkins have officially announced the dates for their “Shiny And Oh So Bright” tour. The trek will feature Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and Jeff Schroeder “celebrating songs from their first five albums: Gish, Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Adore, and Machina/The Machines of God.” As previously reported, original bassist D’arcy Wretzky has been excluded from the “reunion,” and has been quite vocal about how “insufferable” Corgan has been over the years.

Tour Dates:

Jul. 12 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
Jul. 14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
Jul. 16 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
Jul. 17 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Jul. 18 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Jul. 20 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Jul. 21 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
Jul. 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
Jul. 24 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
Jul. 25 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
Jul. 27 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
Jul. 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Jul. 29 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul. 31 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Aug. 01 – New York City, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Aug. 04 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Aug. 05 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
Aug. 07 – Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell
Aug. 08 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Aug. 11 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
Aug. 13 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
Aug. 16 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Aug. 17 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Aug. 19 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Aug. 20 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
Aug. 21 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
Aug. 24 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
Aug. 25 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
Aug. 27 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
Aug. 28 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
Aug. 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
Sep. 01 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
Sep. 02 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Sep. 04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
Sep. 05 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Sep. 07 – Boise, ID @ Ford Idaho Center


Former Smashing Pumpkins Bassist D’arcy Wretzky Slams Billy Corgan During First Full Interview In Nearly 20 Years

Former Smashing Pumpkins bassist D’arcy Wretzky has officially given her first full interview in nearly 20 years with Alternative Nation. During the chat, she opened up about about not being included in the Smashing Pumpkins reunion, the “insufferable” Billy Corgan, and more.

As she mentioned before, the bassist discussed how Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin were together in the studio without her knowing:

“I sent Billy a text saying I hope he and his family had great holidays, tell Chloe [Mendel] I said hi, his baby mama. Then it jumps to the day after he released the picture of he, Jimmy, and James. It was like oops, I maybe should have told D’arcy, she’s going to be pissed off.”

She also added:

“The fucking nerve, and then for him to come back and say, ‘Well, we haven’t seen you in this long, and you haven’t done this, and you couldn’t even make it to this. Everyone has shown up, and you didn’t?’ How could I, I didn’t even know you were there?”

Wretzky also detailed her final years with the band and their 1999 ‘Arising!’ shows:

“I was having a nervous breakdown. I had 30 plus panic attacks a day, I didn’t know what it was, it was terrible. The day after the tour, I had tried to quit two or three times, but it’s difficult to do when you have everybody, my husband, my family, telling me, ‘No, no, just wait until the next record.’”

She also revealed that all the stress caused her to miscarry, which she said was “always a fucking nightmare.” Wretzky continued:

“Billy loved to humiliate people and shame people in front of other people. It was incredibly abusive, and I was the only one who would fight back.”

Wretzky also talked about her struggles with drugs after leaving the group:

“You know how they’re always telling you in school, ‘Drugs will do this to you; they’ll do that to you, drinking kills your brain cells’? At the time, I was, like, ‘Good, maybe I can kill off all these horrible memories… I wouldn’t recommend it; it didn’t work. I count myself lucky to be alive.”

The bassist then discussed how reunion talks started in 2016, due to Corgan’s wrestling ventures:

“He said to me, ‘Well, maybe you know, and maybe you don’t, but with this wrestling thing I kind of got myself a bit into a bit of a hole.’ That was one of the first things he said to me. Billy always said, ‘Oh, I’ll never do just a reunion and play the oldies just for money.’ That’s exactly what it is now.”

She continued:

“It took me a long time to not care, and not hate him. Now I don’t hate him, I’m back to where I was at the beginning. I laugh at his antics, and I’m going to go about my own life, but I don’t feel sorry for him. I do think he needs to get an MRI though.”

Wretzky finished off the chat with the following:

“I thought he wasn’t reading my texts, then he said, ‘Blah blah blah, I wish you well.’ I was like, ‘You don’t wish me well, you don’t love me, you don’t love anybody, you don’t care about anybody.’ Then he’s like, ‘Fuck you! Fuck you! Fuck you!’ I’m like there he is! There is the real Billy Corgan, I finally got through to you! He’s a like a dog with a bone, you just can’t get through to him.”

You can read the full interview at Alternative Nation.


D’Arcy Wretzky Releases Texts With Billy Corgan Over Smashing Pumpkins Reunion

Yesterday, D’Arcy Wretzky opened up about being cut out of the upcoming Smashing Pumpkins’ reunion, and now she has shared images of the texts between her and Billy Corgan via Alternative Nation. You can read those below.

After releasing the texts, Wretzky also followed up on Facebook:

“Those were posted as proof to the many people who said that I was lying about ever being offered the job. If one takes the time to read it carefully, one will notice that as the conversation continues, the roll [sic] I’m offered becomes ever smaller. Finally Billy says that what I deserve is a T-shirt w/my face on it. I spoke with him and asked him if there was any possible way that I’d be able to play bass on the tour and he said no.”

Fans responded by saying her and Corgan need to talk things out, to which she replied:

“Folks. I have spoken with Billy. I said to him, ‘Billy. I need you to tell me: if i crush it; if i do everything perfectly, is there any chance that i can play bass on the tour?’ Billy said ‘No.’”

She continued in another posting:

“I tried my very best to convince Billy otherwise because I never would forgive myself if I didn’t do everything I could to try to change his mind. You can see where I told him that he was throwing away something precious. He does not care.”

[via Loudwire]


D’Arcy Wretzky Says Billy Corgan Is Manipulative

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.

[via Loudwire/Alternative Press]


Billy Corgan Addresses New Smashing Pumpkins Bassist Rumors

As previously reported, a recent Smashing Pumpkins photo shoot seems to suggest that frontman Billy Corgan, original guitarist James Iha, founding drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, and modern era guitarist Jeff Schroeder will be releasing new music and heading out on tour together. However, it is still unclear who will be handling bass duties for the group. Corgan has now taken to Instagram to address the rumors, and apparently throw some shade towards original bassist D’Arcy Wretzky, who confirmed that she won’t be taking part in the reunion.

Here’s Corgan’s full statement:

“What a weekend! Saturday, I was high in the hills of Topanga, overlooking the ocean on a beautiful sunny day, and according to some reports (based on photos taken or leaked) I am now a bassist. I mean, yes, I have played bass on many of your fave songs but I’m not sure I can play bass AND sing at the same time? But perhaps I can try *someday*. Other reports have @jjjschroeder (who just celebrated a birthday) as a budding bassist. Which is interesting, because though Jeff doesn’t mind plucking at 4 strings if needed I know he would much prefer the dulcet tones of 6 (but I have heard him confess that 7 strings is just ‘too much’) @jamesihaofficial on the other hand, well, I haven’t seen him pick up a bass since Machina (which he played a fair share on, despite reports claiming a certain ‘flaxen Saxxon’ did; and as you know with much that is written is patently f-a-l-s-e). Which brings me back to my time in the hills of Topanga, dressed in a long coat, staring out into the ocean dreaming of a future not yet realized. Wisdom here dictates that I share something I have said many times as of late, which is: be here now, live in the present. There truly is no past (but that which lives in your mind), and the future too is but a dream. So kindly, truly, embrace the life you are living TODAY Which reminds me of a song that I also played bass on… #WPC #becarefulwhatyouwishfor”