After years of circulating rumors, Billy Corgan confirmed last week that the Smashing Pumpkins are recording a reunion album with Rick Rubin. He previously shared photos from the studio with original guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, and now, as Alternative Nation reports, leaked images from a photoshoot in Los Angeles yesterday have seemingly confirmed the band’s reunion lineup: Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and Jeff Schroeder, who joined in 2008 as the group’s guitarist. That just leaves out original bassist D’arcy Wretzky, who told Blast Echo last month that “the band has decided to go with a different bass player,” calling the decision “a huge disappointment.” Schroeder, who has been spotted playing bass in the studio, may fill for her live.
— サンドラ (@OzzyRhds) February 4, 2018
UPDATE: Here’s Corgan being coy about who is playing bass on the new music…
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