Recent developments suggest Billy Corgan may be open to reuniting Smashing Pumpkins’ classic lineup. Back in January, Corgan expressed his desire to “find peace” with former bandmates James Iha and D’arcy Wretzky. No less than two months later, he reunited with Iha on stage, first in Los Angeles and again in Chicago.
Now, in a new interview with BlastEcho, Wretzky revealed that she’s been asked four times to rejoin the band and would “consider going back.”
“Circumstances would have to be a certain way,” she said of a potential reunion. “It’s much too complicated.” Wretzky added that she hasn’t spoken to Corgan personally since she was fired from the band in 1999. She does, however, remain in contact with Iha and called his recent onstage collaborations with Corgan “really healthy.” Perhaps Iha can bridge the relationship between Corgan and Wretzky as Duff McKagan did for Axl Rose and Slash?
Elsewhere in the interview, the first she’s given in several years, Wretzky claimed she is “healthier now than she’s even been,” adding that her life is full of “weekend-warrior” activities, including hang-gliding, skydiving and scuba diving.
Update – Monday, May 2nd at 4:55 p.m. CT: In a new Facebook posting, Corgan wished Wretzky a happy birthday, adding, “I’m encouraged to hear that she is playing music once more, and writing songs. As I’ve often said, no one had better musical discernment in our band than she.”
Regarding the future of Smashing Pumpkins, Corgan wrote, “It’s crazy to think that it was nearly 30 years ago that I began this wild and wooly journey, and that meeting James, then D’arcy, then Jimmy would alter all of our lives forever; for the better, I would argue. Which I suppose makes the hardships that came too, bittersweet. And as I feel speculation start to swirl about what happens next for SP, I’d like to say quite simply and directly that what matters most to Jeff and I is the music. Because from our darkest days together over the last 10 years it’s been our faith that the music we make, and by extension our loving curation of the songs made from the beginning on, that’d sail this old, creaky ship forward to another year.”