Smashing Pumpkins member Billy Corgan just announced that he is recording a reunion album with the original members of the group. Their project is being produced by Rick Rubin.
Earlier this week, Corgan shared a throwback photo of himself on Instagram and said that he has had a crazy life. Other than recording with the founding members of Smashing Pumpkins, Corgan also clarified that his illness is not serious.
The American musician previously shared a picture of himself with an IV, and fans thought that he was suffering from a serious condition. Corgan said that he was on IV to help treat his flu.
In his lengthy caption, the songwriter also said that Smashing Pumpkins is currently working with Rubin at the studio.
@smashingpumpkins: Not sure what cross-eyed spy took this photo, but we had a visitor to the studio the other day. So many memories when you put the three of us together. @jamesihaofficial @chamberdrums #WPC
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Speculations about a possible Smashing Pumpkins reunion this year were ripe ever since Corgan shared a snap of himself with his bandmates at the studio. At that time, Corgan simply said that he is happy to be reunited with his good friends.
In 2016, Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James Iha also performed together for the first time since 2000.
Smashing Pumpkins To Hold A Reunion Tour?
Last summer, Chamberlin said that Smashing Pumpkins is planning on a reunion tour this year. It is unclear whether or not a tour will still push through or if the band has opted to just release a reunion album.
"We were talking about playing next year with the band and somebody asked me, you know, 'What's it like to coordinate that?' I said it's like Grumpy Old Men 3, only there are four grumpy old men and one's a woman. So... that's how it's gotten to be," said Chamberlin.
Smashing Pumpkins' Split
Smashing Pumpkins is an alternative rock band from Chicago that was formed in 1988. D'arcy Wretzky, the group's bass guitarist, was also one of the original members of the band. Throughout the years, the group has undergone several lineup changes. Other members include Jeff Schroeder, Ginger Pooley, Melissa Auf der Maur, Nicole Fiorentino, and more.
The breakup of the band, according to Corgan, was due to Iha. In 2013, Corgan said that Iha left the group's final show without even saying goodbye to him.
"Not me, not drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, but James. Did it help that bassist D'arcy Wretzky was fired for being a mean-spirited drug addict, who refused to get help? No, that didn't help keep the band together, not at all," said Corgan.