They've reunited, and it "brought a tear" to Billy Corgan's eye
Smashing Pumpkins have recreated their iconic cover to their classic album ‘Siamese Dream’ with the original models.
Last week saw the ‘reunited’ band announce a comeback tour, playing only material from their first five albums.
To launch their return, the band reunited the models who featured on the sleeve of their seminal 1993 album for a short video and to recreate the artwork.
Frontman Billy Corgan took to Instagram to pay tribute to Ali Laenger and LySandra Roberts, honouring their place in ‘rock history’.
“On such a special day in SP history, I want to take a moment to thank Ali and LySandra, who you might know were the little girls that I stood by and watched have their picture taken some 23 years ago (on what was a perfect LA afternoon),” wrote Corgan. “Never realizing that this moment in time would forever tie us, and go on to become such an iconic image in rock history. What’s amazing is their chemistry with one another still leaps through the camera to this day and yet if memory serves they’d never met before that Siamese shoot. Which tells me their coming together, and the beauty that Melodie’s shot captures, of youth and innocence, was meant to be SP’s own, personal lucky star.
“So thank you thank you thank you Ali and LySandra, we adore you, and having you be a part of today’s launch brings tears to my eyes. For life goes fast, and I can still see you in my mind’s eye wearing crisp white dresses in a stranger’s backyard, looking like little Mother Mary’s, smiling and laughing into the sun.”
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The band recently completed work on their comeback album, with Corgan, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin from the original line-up, joined by longtime recent collaborator Jeff Schroeder.
Album announcement details and European tour dates are expected to be announced in the weeks ahead.