Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha speaks out on Billy Corgan’s feud with D’arcy Wretzky

Corgan says "she's done, and that's that"

Smashing Pumpkins‘ guitarist James Iha has defended frontman Billy Corgan over his ongoing feud with former bassist D’Arcy Wretzky.

The core of the original ‘classic’ Pumpkins’ line-up is now back on the road with Corgan, guitarist James Iha, and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin joined by longtime collaborator Jeff Schroeder and touring bassist Jack Bates. However, relations with original bassist Wretzky have worsened throughout 2018, with D’Arcy continuing to hit out at the Corgan in various interviews and online comments.

Just last week, Corgan responded to claims she made that he ‘had a brain tumour.


Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan, James Iha, D’arcy Wretzky, Jimmy Chamberlin, Rock Werchter Festival, Werchter, Belgium, 05/07/1992. (Photo by Gie Knaeps/Getty Images)

Now, Iha has backed up Corgan’s claims that he tried to make peace in the lengthy negotiations with D’Arcy before the reunited line-up hit the studio and announced tour dates.

“Billy tried his best. In the big picture, I think everybody is at different points in their lives,” Iha told Guitar World,” and whoever can work it out and get it together with the band can do it. It’s just one of those things.”

In the same interview, Corgan also spoke out about being distanced from D’Arcy.

“I was pretty public about wanting her to be involved,” said Corgan. “I think it would been the best for everybody, including her, but it just didn’t work out.”


He added: “I’m not in any hurry to throw any more gasoline on the fire. It is what it is. She’s done, and that’s that.”

D'Arcy Wretsky and Billy Corgan with Smashing Pumpkins on SNL
D’Arcy Wretsky and Billy Corgan with Smashing Pumpkins on SNL

After recently returning with comeback single ‘Solara‘, it has also been announced that  Smashing Pumpkins will be playing London’s SSE Wembley Arena on October 16. They’ll also be playing a show in Bologna, Italy on October 18. Tickets are available here.

More news on the release of new Smashing Pumpkins material is expected in the weeks ahead.