BILLY CORGAN Says D'ARCY WRETZKY Kept Trying To Get Back Into SMASHING PUMPKINS
September 25, 2018
According to The Pulse Of Radio, SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan revealed in a new interview with Beats 1 that original bassist D'Arcy Wretzky made additional attempts to return to the group even after publicly falling out with Corgan during negotiations prior to the band's recent reunion tour.
As widely reported, Wretzky was offered a chance to participate in the reunion in a limited capacity, since Corgan had reservations about her ability to play a full three-hour show after years of musical inactivity. Corgan explained: "The goal was to see the four of us on a stage. I was cool if it was going to be one song or a whole show, and the whole thing broke down when we had to start talking about time and reality and opportunity, and, of course, the business part of it all."
Saying he was concerned that Wretzky had not performed live in 19 years, Corgan continued: "The difference between what I saw as a very sympathetic and empathetic opportunity was: 'No, it has to be like this'... The reaction wasn't, 'Well, let's get together in a room and play, and let me show you you're wrong.' It was, 'No.' Then the threats started, then the mendacity started."
Wretzky went public with her version of how the conversations went, leading Corgan to sever all ties. He remarked: "Even after the bridge was blown up, and it was blown up for good, there was a backchannel communication through an intermediator: 'Can I still come back?' That just shows you the level of craziness."
Wretzky reportedly commented on Corgan's remarks, saying briefly, "I don't want to be in his fucking clown car."
The PUMPKINS will release a new album titled "Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun." on November 16. The eight-song LP is the band's first in over 18 years to feature founding members Corgan, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James Iha, along with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.