Smashing Pumpkins members sue former label

James Iha and D'Arcy Wretzky-Brown file suit

Former Smashing Pumpkins members James Iha and D’Arcy Wretzky-Brown have filed a lawsuit against Virgin Records saying the label made a deal with frontman Billy Corgan regarding the band’s music, but neither Iha nor Wretzky-Brown were consulted.

The suit, which was filed yesterday in Los Angeles, says that the 2005 deal with Corgan involved electronic downloads, and the pair are seeking damages.

The suit says that Corgan and Virgin adusted the Pumpkins record deal to “exploit all of the band’s recordings via electronic transmissions” without the permission of Iha or Wretzky-Brown.

Corgan has already reportedly received at least one royalty payment, according to the suit which appeared on

Corgan is currently playing live with a reshuffled Smashing Pumpkins line-up, with just he and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin as the original members.

–By our New York staff.

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