Smashing Pumpkins Will Never Reunite Says Billy

On the occasion of the Smashing Pumpkins releasing remastered versions of their output over the next three years — Gish, Siamese Dream, and ’94 compilation Pisces Iscariot this fall — Rolling Stone caught up with Billy Corgan to talk about those collections, the new album Oceania, and the still-in-progress Teargarden By Kaleidyscope, etc. When they asked him if, amid all this activity, the original lineup would ever reunite, he had this to say:

No. That’s just one of those things that are never going to happen. If you don’t see somebody for a while, there’s the old thing, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Well, we haven’t had absence. The things that have happened between us in the interim haven’t been good. There’s been lawsuits and lots of stupid stuff. It’s only made it worse. If it was bad before, it’s really bad now. Jimmy [Chamberlin] and I aren’t enemies -– he’s just off doing what he wants to do, as he should. There’s not super bad blood between me and Jimmy that we’d never get on stage again. But I cannot in any way, shape, or form ever envision standing on a stage, playing music again with James [Iha] and D’arcy [Wretzky]. I just don’t see any situation where that would be possible.

No worries, D’arcy seems otherwise occupied.

Read more at RS.

Comments (10)
  1. Oh man, and I was hoping that the reason was because Billy Corgan was going to be attacked by a pack of wild wolves.

  2. Words of a lost individual. This guy has lost touch with this fanbase and reality. I realize that an artist has to be true to themselves but everything this man has produced post the Machina albums has been self-indulgent trash. I say all this with much bitterness because I really wish he would get his shit together and knock it out of the park with something.

    • True dat (people still say that, right?) I idolized this man when I was in high school. Now I despise him. After foolishly getting hopes up for Zeitgeist, I gave up and now ignore him and his music as much as possible. I’m pretty sure he went insane, probably from ego poisoning.

      However, I’m one of, oh, three people who thought Zwan was pretty great. If you don’t take it too seriously it’s a fun album.

  3. Great news to wake up to!

  4. Wow didn’t see this coming!


  5. Well honestly why would they reunite? Some people just don’t understand that when you spend a great deal of your life surrounded by different individuals every single day, especially if they’re a perfectionist like our Billy up there, you tend to want to be by yourself or do your own thing. When bands reunite and do tours, most of the time it’s not because they want to be together, it’s to please fans and check books. Simple as that. When bands make music together there’s that spark one time and it tends to fade after a while. And the reason they wanted to make music will most probably always change in time. There’s always a purpose why bands make music, and sometimes that vision will fade over time. It’s just part of life in a band. If it’s not fun, why do it?

  6. It’s sad to think they went from this

    to suing each other.

  7. Eh… I bet they will reunite for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

  8. Thank heaven — There. Really. Are. Angels.

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