PUMPKINS SPLIT

Billy Corgan reveals plans to call it a day at the end of the year...

Billy Corgan has revealed that he will be breaking up Smashing Pumpkins – a secret that he has kept for months.

Speaking to Los Angeles radio station KROQ, the frontman explained that he felt the band had reached the end of the road “emotionally, spiritually, musically”.

“We thought about telling people when the last album (‘MACHINA/the machines of God’) was going to come out, but then we thought it would be all about that and not about the music,” said Corgan. “But now that the album is out, it’s fine. We wanted to make one more album to leave things on a positive note.”

Speaking of the last album he revealed his original plans – scuppered by the departure of original bassist D’Arcy Wretzky in September – to make one more album together and end on a good note with the band. This explains his motive to invite original drummer Jimmy Chamberlain to return to the band, despite being ousted following the fatal overdose of touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin.

He confirmed that he would finish the current world tour, which takes in the US, Europe and Japan before winding up by the end of the year. He also alluded to the possibility of one more album based on a collection of songs written during the sessions on the last album.