Former Smashing Pumpkins bassist D’arcy Wretzky is ‘open to a reunion’

It comes weeks after old bandmate James Iha teamed up with Billy Corgan

Former Smashing Pumpkins bassist D’arcy Wretzky has said she would consider re-joining the band.

She says she has not spoken to frontman Billy Corgan since she was fired from the band in 1999.

But following James Iha’s recent appearances with the frontman in Los Angeles and Chicago, Wretzky said she would be open to a return and revealed that she has already been asked to join the group four times.

She told BlastEcho: “Circumstances would have to be a certain way. It’s much too complicated.”

The former Pumpkins bassist also described Corgan and Iha’s recent reunion as “really healthy” and admitted that she missed the band. Wretzky added: “Over the course of 12 years jamming with people who just clicked, you could just do it forever and ever and ever. For me that doesn’t happen very often and I really miss that.”

Iha last performed with Billy Corgan nearly 16 years ago with the pair enduring a strained relationship after the original line-up of the band split at the turn of the century. During the band’s set in LA in March, Corgan surprised his old bandmate with a birthday cake and a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ on the day he turned 48. 

Smashing Pumpkins are currently on their ‘In Plainsong’ tour. Once the jaunt is finished, the band are expected to return to the studio to record the follow up to 2014 album ‘Monuments To An Elegy’.

Meanwhile, Corgan recently criticised “social justice warriors”, a pejorative term used to describe someone expressing socially progressive – and sometimes ardent – views.

“I’m horrified as somebody who believes in free speech and is an artist, because those people are gonna be coming for me,” he said. “Let’s face it. It may not be tomorrow, but it’s soon enough because I said the wrong thing on the wrong day because I was tired and I didn’t take my [Xanax] that day, or whatever. You know what I mean? It’s like, to live like that, to live where every word is a landmine… it’s not the world I want to live in.”

Corgan went on to compare actions such as no-canvassing to the bigoted views of the Ku Klux Klan: “If you could go back to Selma [in Alabama] 1932, and the Klan member spitting in some person of colour’s face, don’t you think that guy thought he was right, too? So how is this any different?”