Billy Corgan says D’Arcy Wretzky kept asking to re-join Smashing Pumpkins after their feud

"That just shows you the level of craziness"

Billy Corgan has claimed that former bassist D’Arcy Wretzky continued to ask if she could re-join Smashing Pumpkins, even after the animosity between them around the reunion had peaked.

Last month saw the Pumpkins announce ‘Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun’ – the first album to feature founding Pumpkins members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin since 2000. While the line-up also features longtime collaborator and guitarist Jeff Schroeder and touring bassist Jack Bates (son of Joy Division and New Order legend Peter Hook.), original bassist D’Arcy Wretzky is not included as relations remain fraught between her and the band.

However, Corgan has been very vocal in stating that Wretzky was invited to take part in the reunion, albeit in a limited capacity due to her years of musical inactivity and supposed history of stage anxiety – before communications broke down. Now in a new interview, the frontman has elaborated on events – as well as adding that she kept asking to “come back”.

Smashing Pumpkins, 2018

“The goal was to see the four of us on a stage,” said Corgan, reports Pulse Of Radio. “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.”

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.”

He added:”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.”

Fellow former bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur recently spoke out to lend her support to the current incarnation of Smashing Pumpkins, having not been invited to be part of their reunion.

Meanwhile, Smashing Pumpkins recently teased that they’d love to perform ‘Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness’ as well as ‘Machina‘ on the road in full.

Smashing Pumpkins will return to the UK to play London’s SSE Wembley Arena on October 16. They’ll also be playing a show in Bologna, Italy on October 18. Tickets are available here.