Not so long ago, Billy Corgan wouldn’t have been caught dead uttering the names “James Iha” or “D’Arcy Wretzky”. However, back in January, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman surprised fans when he expressed a desire to find peace with his former bandmates. No less than two months later, Iha joined Corgan on stage in Los Angeles, and then again in Chicago. Inspired by their mini reunion, Wretzky said in a recent interview that she would “consider going back” to the band.
Now, in a new posting to Facebook, Corgan has addressed these recent events, and it’s nothing but positive vibes. He 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.”
Corgan then addressed inevitable speculation of a reunion. He didn’t exactly shoot down the idea; in fact, one could argue he’s almost hoping it happens.
“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.
“So see you next tour, wherever and whenever that may be.”
So you’re saying … there’s a chance?
Read Corgan’s full posting below.