Ex-Smashing Pumpkins bassist would “consider” reunion
By David Sands
April 28, 2016
D’arcy Wretzky, the original bass player for The Smashing Pumpkins, has unexpectedly broken several years of media silence to let fans know relations are warming between her and former bandmates.
In a somewhat elusive April 26 interview with BlastEcho, the musician admitted she’d even “consider going back” to playing with the gloriously angsty alternative rock act if the stars aligned correctly.
“Circumstances would have to be a certain way,” she confided. “It’s much too complicated. I wouldn’t be able to tell you anyway.”
According to Wretzky, the band has asked her to get back together with them four times since they parted ways in 1999.
Her recent exchange marked the first time she’s spoken with the press since 2009. As for the Pumpkin’s frontman, Billy Corgan, they haven’t talked since she left the group, though she did attempt to reach out to him over Facebook in 2015.
Earlier this year, Corgan expressed a desire to find peace with her and former guitarist James Iha, though at the time he downplayed hopes for a reunion.
During the interview, Wretzky let it drop that she keeps in touch with Iha and says his two recent appearances with the band—during acoustic shows in L.A. and Chicago—were “really healthy.”
The last member of the original lineup, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has played on and off with the Pumpkins since the mid-2000s.
Speaking to her past struggles with drug addiction, Wretzky told the news site she was “healthier now than she’s ever been in her life.”
That’s good news considering that during her last interview in 2009, she pointed to health issues as the reason she wasn’t actively involved with music.
So what’s D’arcy been doing to keep busy in her time away from the Pumpkins? She currently lives on a horse farm in Michigan and enjoys high-impact sports like hang-gliding and scuba-diving. She’s also gotten back into music again, though she finds her current work difficult to categorize and is unsure if she’ll ever release any of it.
The Smashing Pumpkins have two more shows left on their 2016 In Plainsong Tour; they’ll be appearing tomorrow in Akron, Ohio and wrapping things up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on May 1.
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