According to The Pulse of Radio, SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan has posted a lengthy message online at his blog in which he wrote that the original lineup of the band will never play together again. When Corgan reformed the PUMPKINS in 2007, it was without founding guitarist James Iha and bassist D'Arcy Wretzky. Although fans have speculated about whether the pair would ever return, Corgan wrote, "I can now say definitively that they aren't ever coming back. Period. There is no maybe. If the door was once open to at least have the conversation and consider the possibility, it is now closed. For good. We have moved on. We love them, and we wish them well. The SMASHING PUMPKINS are now whoever is standing on that stage, on any given day, with a willingness to play those songs."
Corgan added that the current PUMPKINS nevertheless "absolutely, without reservation, honor" the band's former members.
The PUMPKINS will head out on a 20th anniversary tour this fall, beginning on Friday (October 31) in Columbus, Ohio, which will feature the band digging deep into its back catalog. Corgan wrote that when fans see the set lists for the shows, "I don't think terms like 'hearkening back' or 'sentimental' will be the words that will come to mind. This tour is a celebration of where we are, not where we've been . . . Enjoy it if you will, we realize it's not for everybody."
The band's new single, "G.L.O.W.", was written especially for the newly released Guitar Hero: World Tour video game.
The PUMPKINS will issue a documentary and concert DVD called "If It All Goes Wrong" on November 11. As for the group's next studio effort, Corgan says they'll begin recording a "long-ranging concept album" early next year.