Over the weekend, frontman Billy Corgan slyly confirmed that he was currently in the studio with Rick Rubin. The tidbit was revealed in an Instagram post written to clear up concern about his health after he posted a photo with a caption about “making peace with God.”
“I share a window (curated as it is) into my crazy life,” Corgan wrote in a rambling note. “As an example, we are currently in the studio with Rick Rubin. But unless I show you a picture of Rick sitting Buddha-like at a mixing desk, you probably wouldn’t know that.”
“Or when I, in a very naive way, post a shot with a needle in my arm and ramble on about making peace with God and time left on dear ‘ol Earth, it sent some signal to friends and associates alike that I was sick or wanted other’s sympathy,” he continued to assuage fears of his well-being, adding that “it was an IV full of vitamins and homeopathy to assist in getting over this vicious flu.”
Since then, both Corgan and Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin have shared photos from inside Rubin’s Malibu recording studio:
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I've had a crazy life. Good crazy, but crazy nonetheless. For example. I saw this picture of myself the other day. Besides having a generally good idea of when it was taken (1993 or 1994) I don't remember actually taking the photo, nor do I remember countless others like it between the years 1991-2004. Now, perhaps that says something about my inability or desire to remember, but I'd argue it's an unfortunate result of the blur of those years. Which leads me to this time, or this moment, where like so many, I share a window (curated as it is) into my crazy life. As an example, we are currently in the studio with Rick Rubin. But unless I show you a picture of Rick sitting Buddha-like at a mixing desk, you probably wouldn't know that. Or when I, in a very naive way, post a shot with a needle in my arm and ramble on about making peace with God and time left on dear 'ol Earth, it sent some signal to friends and associates alike that I was sick or wanted other's sympathy. (As fact, it was an IV full of vitamins and homeopathy to assist in getting over this vicious flu). So yes, was sick, and no, not serious in any way nor would I share such info here because this window I'd prefer to be one where you see the sunlight streaming through. The only addendum to that is when I saw how others were reacting to their perception of my misguided and poorly worded message, I chose not to react in kind; in essence I let the shadows cast be whatever you-they-them want to believe. Because we live now in a world where perception often outweighs reality, and that's fine. So to that, here's a new pic I just took of me with my sandy-brown, curly hair flowing in the studio breeze. Lots of love, WPC #wpc
Corgan himself has teased a Smashing Pumpkins album in the style of Gish and Siamese Dream, and he recently fueled speculation when he posted a photo of himself in the studio with Chamberlin and former guitarist James Iha. Former bassist D’Arcy Wretsky subsequently confirmed that Corgan, Iha, and Chamberlin were planning a reunion tour (sans Wretsky’s involvement).
Rubin previously worked with the Pumpkins during the Adore sessions in 1997. He helmed a version of “Let Me Give the World to You” that was ultimately scrapped by Corgan and remained unreleased until a reissue of Adore in 2014. More recently, he produced Corgan’s 2017 solo album, Ogilala.