Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Lineup ‘Revealed’ in New Photo
The reunion lineup of Smashing Pumpkins has apparently been revealed in a picture taken during an official photo shoot that shows Billy Corgan along with James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin and Jeff Schroeder.
The group is supposedly working on a new album that could be released this year – the band’s 30th anniversary.
Corgan, who first teased the project in January, hasn’t directly confirmed that they’re working on a Smashing Pumpkins record, but he did reveal that he was working with producer Rick Rubin on something. A recent picture showed him in the studio with Iha and Chamberlin, but it's not clear if they're working together.
Former Pumpkins bassist D'arcy Wretzky commented that she definitely wasn’t taking part in the work in project and that her old band was now working with another musician. Some fans theorized that Schroeder, who’d previously played guitar for Corgan, could be their new bass player in the studio and that someone else might be chosen to take part in a tour, if one surfaces.
In an Instagram post over the weekend, Corgan offered an update. “Ok, I misspoke," he wrote. "Today wasn't the last day in studio. More work ahead (lyrics, vocals, strings). Which I guess means something like 26 songs currently in various states of completion, production, insanity.”
Corgan noted he was “very pleased to be this engaged with making new music at this point in my life." “I started playing the guitar April 1, 1981," he added, "so almost 37 years later the colors remain vivid in my mind, there are still fresh (and dare I say provocative) subjects to address, and the guitar feels once again like the preferred weapon of choice.” He released a solo album, Ogilala, last year that was more focused on piano and strings. That record was also produced with Rubin.