Smashing Pumpkins reunite, minus one, to revisit ’90s hits

The Chicago group synonymous with frontman Billy Corgan will play its first full concerts since 2000 with both guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. But bassist D’arcy Wretzky — who has had a tense relationship with Corgan and has been arrested on drug charges — will not take part, calling Corgan “insufferable” and in need of money. The band said that the tour will feature only music from its first five albums including 1993’s emotionally intense, guitar-driven Siamese Dream and 1995 follow-up Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, which brought in operatic and electronic elements. The 36-city tour of North America will open on July 12 in Glendale, Arizona and come to major arenas including Madison Square Garden in New York. The tour marks an about-face for Corgan, who for years scoffed at fans who wanted to hear old songs and kept recording and touring as The Smashing Pumpkins with fresh material. Going heavily for nostalgia, The Smashing Pumpkins announced the latest tour with a video that features the two girls — now adults — who appeared as conjoined twins on the cover of Siamese Dream. Wretzky, who has been rarely seen in public since leaving the band in 1999, gave a rare interview ahead of the announcement in which she said Corgan had incurred debt in his side project of starting a professional wrestling league. “Billy always said, ’Oh, I’ll never do just a reunion and play the oldies just for money.’ That’s exactly what it is now,” Wretzky told music site Alternative… [Read full story]

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