When the news broke that one of the all-time great bands form the 90’s were to reform we were all blown away. Not only did Smashing Pumpkins change a generation, when they broke up, we all thought it was for good. So we were natrually overjoyed about the reunion except one sticking point.
The band announced that original bassist D’Arcy Wretzky, would not be a part of the upcoming tour or new music releases, and we all sighed, a teensy petulant “but we wanted ittttt”, sigh. This was compounded when Wretzky claimed to not even have been invited to the reunion. A claim which the rest of the band are now publicly denying.
The band, comprised of James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlain and Billy Corgan shared that the lack of Wretzky’s inclusion was “not for lack of trying”, and that the bassist had “repeatedly been invited out to play with the group”.
It’s a shame we won’t get to see the band together like they were, but would you rather see a band there for the music or a group of band members there for the money?
Read the full statement below.
“In reuniting The Smashing Pumpkins, the band’s dedication remains to its fans and its music. To that, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and William Corgan haven’t played a show with D’arcy Wretzky for over 18 years.
But it’s not for a lack of trying. For despite reports, Ms. Wretzky has repeatedly been invited out to play with the group, participate in demo sessions, or at the very least, meet face-to-face, and in each and every instance she always deferred.
We wish her all the best, and look forward to reconnecting with you all very soon.”