It looks like former Smashing Pumpkins bassist, D’arcy Wretzky is back playing with a new band and will soon be recording new music in the studio.
Currently said to be rehearsing with “stoner metal band” Grave Next Door, this is the first report of Wretzky playing again since leaving Billy Corgan and her former band in 1999.
Speaking to Alternative Nation, Grave Next Door said D’arcy is “recording with us in May and she’s thinking about joining, but she’s busy with her farm and the animals so that’s her first priority.”
My brother /guitarist Anthony Salerno at D’arcy’s with a set piece from smashing pumpkins tonight Tonight video. Getting ready to set up and practice wish D’arcy. pic.twitter.com/92gXdrFa6C
— Grave Next Door (@DoorGrave) April 8, 2019
Posting a photo to Twitter last week (April 8) at Wretzky’s home with part of the Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Tonight Tonight’ music video set, Grave Next Door wrote: “My brother /guitarist Anthony Salerno at D’arcy’s with a set piece from smashing pumpkins tonight Tonight video. Getting ready to set up and practice wish D’arcy.”
The following day (April 9), the band posted a photo of Wretzky’s guitars to their Facebook page, complete with the caption: “Great practice yesterday with former Smashing Pumpkins bassist D’arcy Wretzky as we prepare to go into the studio in May. She’s an amazing musician!”
Last year, Wretzky opened up about her fraught relationship with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan in a new interview.
“[Billy] has been telling people, ‘Well [The Smashing Pumpkins] haven’t played with [D’arcy] at all in 18 years.’ Right dumbass, because then it wouldn’t be a reunion!,” she told Alternative Nation.
“He says that he’s invited me to come out and play for all of these things, which is a complete lie. He’s never invited me to anything. In fact, my feelings were a little bit hurt because he did the solo album tour, and he didn’t tell me when it started. I was texting him saying, ‘Where the fuck are you dumbass?’ He’s like, ‘Oh, I’m in New York. The tour started.’ Then I’m like, ‘Where are you?’ ‘Oh, the tour ended, you missed it.’ He thinks it’s a privilege for anyone to be in his presence, so therefore he shouldn’t have to tell me, and I shouldn’t have to be invited.”
Wreztky also opened up further on their past, stating: “Billy loved to humiliate people and shame people in front of other people. It was incredibly abusive, and I was the only one who would fight back. I think he and Jimmy got in a couple fights, and he and James maybe five, but with he and I it was screaming matches all the time. I just got to the point where I couldn’t fight anymore, and I needed to leave.”
Corgan responded to Wretzky’s claims a few months later, as well as further discussing their deteriorating relationship.
“Every time I talked to her on the phone she was absolutely lovely,” Corgan told Howard Stern. “She was sweet, she said things she’d never said to me, she complimented me, she said, ‘You wrote so many amazing songs, and I’m so proud of you. It’s great, and I know you’re a great father.’ I’m dealing with somebody who seems to me to be the grown up version of what we are now, so I was thinking it was possible.”
He went on: “But every time I would address logical concerns, like, ‘You haven’t been on stage in 19 years, you haven’t been in public in 19 years, are you going to be okay with that?’ She would just kind of brush it off, and then when I would try and get in a room with her, because she only lives an hour and a half from where I live, I would say, ‘I’ll come up and visit you.’ It never would happen, so then you start getting kind of, ‘Okay, what is really happening here?’ When we first approached her on the business side: ‘This is going to be the framework, this is what it is probably going to look like.’ She refused.
“She just didn’t like the way it was going to be set up, and I’m not here to talk about that per say, but it wasn’t unfair, it wasn’t ridiculous.”