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Billy Corgan Wishes D’arcy Wretzky “Happy Birthday”; Reflects on Beginning of The Smashing Pumpkins


Credit: Scarlet PageThe Smashing Pumpkins wrapped up their In Plainsong tour over the weekend, ending a trek that saw Billy Corgan play with original Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and reunite with original guitarist James Iha. In a blog posted to Facebook on Monday, Corgan gave a shout-out to the lone Pumpkins founder who didn’t show up during the tour: bassist D’arcy Wretzky.

“Speaking of those I’ve been fortunate enough to share the stage with, I see that it’s D’arcy Wretzky’s birthday today: So a big and happy B-Day to her from here!” Corgan wrote. “I’m encouraged to hear that she is playing music once more, and writing songs. As I’ve often said, no one had better musical discernment in our band than she.”

Corgan then went on to reflect on the origins of The Smashing Pumpkins, which has seen many lineup changes around its enigmatic lead singer.

“It’s crazy to think that it was nearly 30 years ago that I began this wild and wooly journey, and that meeting James, then D’arcy, then Jimmy would alter all of our lives forever; for the better, I would argue,” Corgan wrote. “Which I suppose makes the hardships that came too, bittersweet.”

With the Chamberlin and Iha reunion, speculation about Wretzky possibly rejoining the Pumpkins has begun to pop up. Corgan addressed that too, but in his typically cryptic manner.

“As I feel speculation start to swirl about what happens next for SP, I’d like to say quite simply and directly that what matters most to [current Pumpkins guitarist] Jeff [Schroeder] and I is the music,” Corgan concluded. “Because from our darkest days together over the last 10 years it’s been our faith that the music we make, and by extension our loving curation of the songs made from the beginning on, that’d sail this old, creaky ship forward to another year.”

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