Billy Corgan has revealed that he has reconciled with the Smashing Pumpkins’ original bassist D’arcy Wretzky.
Wretzky was fired from the band by Corgan in 1999 and the two haven’t been on speaking terms since.
In a video posted on his Facebook page, Corgan said he had reached out to Wretzky.
“We’re back in contact again, the band,” Corgan said in the video, according to a transcript by Alternative Nation. “I’ve been in communication with D’arcy for the first time in 16 or 17 years, it’s awesome to have my friend back. So we’re all in communication, which as I said not too long ago, my primary interest in the old band was us having good relationships again.”
Corgan has been making a concerted effort to rebuild his relationships with his former bandmates. During the Pumpkins’ most recent tour, Corgan invited former guitarist James Iha to join the band’s current line-up, which includes original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin.
Some have suggested that Corgan might be planning a reunion tour with all four founding members of the Smashing Pumpkins.
While Corgan did not rule out the idea, he said he intends to proceed slowly in his latest Facebook video.
“So of course when you get to the point where you’re in communication, and the relationships are good again, and it’s a good vibe, you yourself, and people around you who know what’s going on, start saying: ‘Is the band going to get back together?'”
“We’re not at that point, and I think that’s a good thing,” Corgan continued. “We’re not rushing to something, we have to repair some things between us, and see what’s out there for us, if those opportunities are even there.”