January 19, 2006

According to World Entertainment News Network, Billy Corgan's desperate attempts to reform the SMASHING PUMPKINS have reportedly paid off, with the band rumored to be playing at this April's Coachella festival in California.

Corgan began his campaign last June when he famously took out an ad in the Chicago Tribune revealing his desire to reunite the group — who split in 2000.

The ad read: "When I played the final SMASHING PUMPKINS show on the night of December 2, 2000, I walked off the stage believing that I was forever leaving a piece of my life behind.

"I naively tried to start a new band, but found that my heart wasn't in it. I moved away to pursue a love that I once had but got lost. So I moved back home to heal what was broken in me, and to my surprise I found what I was looking or.

"I found that my heart is in Chicago, and that my heart is in the SMASHING PUMPKINS."

Drummer Jimmy Chamberlain also admitted he'd favor a return to the rock world, saying of Corgan, "I intend to reach out to him.

And a recent entry on Corgan's web site hinted further at the band's reincarnation: "The surprise I have in store for you all will be announced soon enough.

"Hold on to your horses. After all, good things surely comes to those who wait. Don't you just love the suspense?"

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