BILLY CORGAN Says D'ARCY WRETZKY Kept Trying To Get Back Into SMASHING PUMPKINS

BILLY CORGAN Says D'ARCY WRETZKY Kept Trying To Get Back Into SMASHING PUMPKINS

According to The Pulse Of Radio, SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan revealed in a new interview with Beats 1 that original bassist D'Arcy Wretzky made additional attempts to return to the group even after publicly falling out with Corgan during negotiations prior to the band's recent reunion tour.

As widely reported, Wretzky was offered a chance to participate in the reunion in a limited capacity, since Corgan had reservations about her ability to play a full three-hour show after years of musical inactivity. Corgan explained: "The goal was to see the four of us on a stage. I was cool if it was going to be one song or a whole show, and the whole thing broke down when we had to start talking about time and reality and opportunity, and, of course, the business part of it all."

Saying he was concerned that Wretzky had not performed live in 19 years, Corgan continued: "The difference between what I saw as a very sympathetic and empathetic opportunity was: 'No, it has to be like this'... The reaction wasn't, 'Well, let's get together in a room and play, and let me show you you're wrong.' It was, 'No.' Then the threats started, then the mendacity started."

Wretzky went public with her version of how the conversations went, leading Corgan to sever all ties. He remarked: "Even after the bridge was blown up, and it was blown up for good, there was a backchannel communication through an intermediator: 'Can I still come back?' That just shows you the level of craziness."

Story continues after advertisement

Wretzky reportedly commented on Corgan's remarks, saying briefly, "I don't want to be in his fucking clown car."

The PUMPKINS will release a new album titled "Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun." on November 16. The eight-song LP is the band's first in over 18 years to feature founding members Corgan, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James Iha, along with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).