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Corgan Pushes Pumpkins Reunion

In the wake of Billy Corgan’s solo debut today, TheFutureEmbrace, the former Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman took out a full page ad in this morning’s Chicago Tribune, in which he declared, borrowing a hint of a verse from Siamese Dream‘s “Hummer,” “I want you to be among the first to know that I have made plans to renew and revive the Smashing Pumpkins. I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams.” There is no mention in the ad of any of the other Pumpkins and Pumpkin cohorts — including original members bassist D’Arcy Wretzky, guitarist James Iha, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, and D’Arcy’s replacement, former Hole bassist Melissa auf der Maur — or word about how they feel about Corgan’s reunion whims. Corgan says in the ad that when the Pumpkins disbanded, he thought they were over for good. “When I played the final Smashing Pumpkins show on the night of December 2, 2000, I truly believed that I was forever leaving a piece of my life behind…[but] I found that my heart is in Chicago, and that my heart is in the Smashing Pumpkins.”

Billy Corgan official site
Chicago Tribune Article with link to Corgan ad