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Billy Corgan Says Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Looks Good to Go

January 13, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Billy Corgan says that the long-rumored reunion of the original Smashing Pumpkins lineup is moving forward. Corgan appeared on Mancow Miller’s show on WLUP and said that things “look good” for a reunion, though it may not last too long.

“I just talked to [James Iha] the other day, things look good for us getting together to play,” Corgan told Miller. “We’re talking about it, we’ll see.”

Corgan added, “Here’s the thing, being honest, there’s a willingness for us to play, but there’s also, the world has changed a lot since we didn’t play. The reunion thing is always a bit weird, because then people come in with their expectations. So my whole thing is if we’re going to do it, I think we do it to make people happy, and not go against the tide of what people would want to hear and that type of stuff, but my interest in it is sort of limited. I’m not going to do it for 14 years of my life.”

Corgan, also discussed his new music project, which will be filmed alongside his fellow TNA alumnus Dave Lagana, saying, “We’re going to update daily, do live broadcasts, and put music up everyday. I’m working on a couple projects, one is I’m doing a bunch of cover songs, another is I’m about to turn 50, which is hard to believe, so I might do a thing where I celebrate turning 50 by doing 50 songs that I’ve written, sort of a collection of acoustic songs.”

If it does happen, this would be the first time that the classic lineup — Corgan, bassist D’arcy Wretzky, guitarist Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin — would be together as an act since 1999. Wretzky left the band in September of that year and in 2000, Corgan announced that the band was breaking up. He got the group back together in 2005 but without Iha and Wretzky, instead bringing in guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Ginger Reyes and keyboardist Lisa Harriton. Harrelton and Reyes left in 2009, as did Chamberlin who returned last year.