Billy Corganís Dream to Un-smash Pumpkins Coming True?

Published: 2006-02-06
Two members of the 90s alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins are getting ready to put together some new gourd-demolishing material.

Lead singer Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin are both on board to start recording new Pumpkins material. The two have already signed a new management deal with Front Line Management under the name Smashing Pumpkins.

The Smashing Pumpkins came together in 1988 and attained both commercial success and critical acclaim with albums like Siamese Dream and Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. In 1999, bass player D'Arcy Wretzky left the group and was replaced by Melissa Auf Der Maur. In 2000 the band split up.

In 2001 Corgan and Chamberlin worked together in the short-lived band Zwan, which disbanded in 2003.

Rumours of a Pumpkins reunion began last year when, on the day Corgan released his first solo album, TheFutureEmbrace, he took out an ad in a local Chicago newspaper that stated, "For a year now, I have walked around with a secret, a secret I chose to keep. But now I want you to be among the first to know that I have made plans to renew and revive the Smashing Pumpkins. I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams."

Corgan may have trouble persuading Wretzky and guitarist James Iha to return, however, given that he publicly lashed out at them in 2004 for leaving the band. Auf Der Maur, on the other hand, has said she is ready to help out with the new Pumpkins if asked.

Recent rumblings that the Smashing Pumpkins would play at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival were squelched when organizers announced Depeche Mode and Tool as headliners. The Pumpkins are now rumoured to be playing Lollapalooza this summer.

Writer: Michelle Garcia

   

 

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I HOPE THE PUMPKINS GET BACK TOGETHER.. I NEVER GOT TO SEE THEM IN CONCERT.. MY PARENTS.. WELL NOW I AM ON MY OWN AND I WANT TO SEE THE GROUP IN CONCERT.. I LOVE THE SMASHING PUMPKINS .. BILLY CORGAN IS AN INSPIRATION... HIS WORDS ARE SOO ELIQUIENT... THANKS, A DEVOTED PUMPKIN FAN FOREVER...
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