New developments have come up following a story recently reported by Paste. It seems as if D’arcy Wretzky, original bassist for Smashing Pumpkins, has confirmed once and for all that she will not be participating in the band’s reunion tour. Last month, Wretzky revealed in an interview with BlastEcho (after frontman Billy Corgan had hinted at a reunion via his Instagram) that she would not be included in the band’s reunion tour, calling her absence “a huge disappointment.” Now, in a second interview with the same website, Wretzky reveals the “why” behind her absence, saying that Corgan had offered a contract to her and former Pumpkins band members James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin for a reunion that was agreed upon by all artists. A month later, however, Corgan retracted the offer, telling Wretzky, “Well, that wasn’t a real offer.” Asked why Corgan would have done that, Wretzky said she had an idea, but didn’t get into specifics, saying only, “That is a whole other can of worms and a big, ugly one! Another time.”
Earlier this month, Corgan again took to Instagram (a site the musician has now designated for delivering news), indirectly discrediting Wretzky and her significance to the band, and suggesting that he and Iha had done the bass tracks for many of the band’s albums. The musician said in the caption for a photo of a tattoo referencing Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, “I mean, yes, I have played bass on many of your fave songs but I’m not sure I can play bass AND sing at the same time … I haven’t seen [Iha] pick up a bass since Machina (which he played a fair share on, despite reports claiming a certain ‘flaxen Saxxon’ did; and as you know with much that is written is patently f-a-l-s-e).”
What a weekend! Saturday, I was high in the hills of Topanga, overlooking the ocean on a beautiful sunny day, and according to some reports (based on photos taken or leaked) I am now a bassist. I mean, yes, I have played bass on many of your fave songs but I’m not sure I can play bass AND sing at the same time? But perhaps I can try someday. Other reports have @jjjschroeder (who just celebrated a birthday) as a budding bassist. Which is interesting, because though Jeff doesn’t mind plucking at 4 strings if needed I know he would much prefer the dulcet tones of 6 (but I have heard him confess that 7 strings is just ‘too much’) @jamesihaofficial on the other hand, well, I haven’t seen him pick up a bass since Machina (which he played a fair share on, despite reports claiming a certain ‘flaxen Saxxon’ did; and as you know with much that is written is patently f-a-l-s-e). Which brings me back to my time in the hills of Topanga, dressed in a long coat, staring out into the ocean dreaming of a future not yet realized. Wisdom here dictates that I share something I have said many times as of late, which is: be here now, live in the present. There truly is no past (but that which lives in your mind), and the future too is but a dream. So kindly, truly, embrace the life you are living TODAY Which reminds me of a song that I also played bass on… #WPC #becarefulwhatyouwishfor (tattoo courtesy of @sir.cophagus
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Meanwhile, the Smashing Pumpkins website has revealed a countdown clock, set to end this Wednesday, Feb. 14, prompting fans to wonder what will be announced in a couple of days. A new album? An official reunion tour announcement, maybe? Who knows? Between Corgan’s steady stream of Instagram posts showing him in the studio with former band members, minus Wertzky, and his recent promise that he and the band have “26 tracks in various stages of completion,” the reunion tour fans have been waiting for will likely prove true soon. Then again, Corgan could have something completely different up his sleeve.
As to who will replace Wretzky as the band’s bassist, some have suggested Jeff Schroeder will take on the role, seeing as how Corgan has addressed him personally in his Instagram posts. Others still think that Jack Bates, who has played for the Pumpkins before, will be the obvious choice. Hopefully, Wednesday’s announcement will give fans some long-awaited clarity.
Until then, check out a 1997 Smashing Pumpkins performance from the Paste Cloud below and stay tuned to Paste for more on this ongoing story.