Original bassist quits as band gear up for new album and dates...

D’ARCY WRETZKY, original bassist with The Smashing Pumpkins, has quit the band following speculation that she was unhappy as a band member. A statement issued by the band’s label Virgin US reads: “D’Arcy has left The Smashing Pumpkins. The band’s new album is finished, and will be released Feb. 15, 2000 by Virgin Records. The Smashing Pumpkins will continue as a band and will tour in support of the new record.”

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