According to The Pulse Of Radio, SMASHING PUMPKINS founder and frontman Billy Corgan did not mince words about former bassist D’arcy Wretzky in a New York Times interview on Thursday (March 22), saying he has not seen her in 19 years and was horrified she shared their private correspondence about the upcoming PUMPKINS reunion tour online. Corgan explained: “I think what she did demonstrates why she couldn’t be involved. I was vulnerable and shared things and trusted that there was a reason to give it a chance, despite plenty of empirical evidence that that was not a wise decision.”
Corgan added that the bridge between him and Wretzky — with whom he started rebuilding his friendship two years ago — is now burned “forever.” She is not taking part at all in the reunion, which also includes original guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin.
But the Times also spoke with Wretzky herself, who said that Corgan misled her about the reunion. She revealed: “He was stringing me along and using me to be able to say that it was, in fact, a reunion of all the members. Billy can be incredibly charming and funny and fun, but when it comes to money and giving credit where credit is due and any kind of work situation, it’s not pretty.”
Wretzky said there were disagreements about how the members would be paid, with Corgan making twice as much as the others. She added: “I really wanted to do this tour for the right reasons. If everybody was doing it for free, I would have done it for free.”
The current almost-all-original lineup of the PUMPKINS have been recording on two EPs, with the first of the new music coming in May.
The “Shiny And Oh So Bright” tour, which will reportedly focus on the band’s first five albums, kicks off on July 12 in Glendale, Arizona.