Billy Corgan says now ‘isn’t the time’ to talk about former Smashing Pumpkins bassist D’Arcy Wretzky

The group's original bassist won't be involved in the impending reunion

Billy Corgan has said now “isn’t the time” to talk about former Smashing Pumpkins member D’Arcy Wretzky.

The reunion of the band’s classic line-up has become surrounded in drama after it emerged Wretzky would not be taking part. The musician accused Corgan of manipulation and rescinding an offer to be part of the reformation, sharing text messages she allegedly received from him as “proof” of her side of the story.

Corgan, who has downplayed Wretzky’s past role and musical contributions to the band, later released a statement saying his former bandmate had been “repeatedly invited out to play with the group, participate in demo sessions, or at the very least, meet face-to-face”.

In a new interview with Chicago radio host DJ Mancow, Corgan was asked about a recent interview Wretzky gave in which she disparaged the Pumpkins leader, as Consequence Of Sound reports. Mancow said: “I’ve been around you, we’ve been hanging out as buddies and I know how excited you were to reconnect with an old friend like James [Iha, guitarist], to reconnect with an old friend like D’Arcy. I know you put on a brave face, you’re the leader of the band, and the leader can’t always show emotion, but from a  friendship point of view, are you sad about what happened?”

Corgan replied: “Honestly, I don’t really want to talk about it.” After being pressed to give more of a response, he said: “I think the difficulty is the world works in a particular way these days – it’s very much like professional wrestling. Listen, there’s a time and a place for everything, and this just isn’t the time.”

Smashing Pumpkins “reunion” line-up features Corgan, guitarist James Iha, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, and Jeff Schroeder, who joined the band in 2007. Last week, the band announced the Shiny And Oh So Bright tour, which will kick off in Glendale, Arizona on July 12 and tour the US through September 7, where it will end in Boise, Indiana.