THE SMASHING PUMPKINS were the musical guests on last night’s episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”. The band played two songs on the program: the new single “Solara” and the classic song “Zero”, which originally appeared on SMASHING PUMPKINS‘ 1995 album “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness”.
“Solara” marks SMASHING PUMPKINS‘ first recording to feature frontman Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin together in 18 years. The track, which was produced by Rick Rubin, also features longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.
Corgan, Iha and Chamberlin last played together on 2000’s “Untitled”. “Untitled” was Iha‘s last PUMPKINS recording prior to “Solara”, while Chamberlin‘s was 2009’s “FOL”.
Original SMASHING PUMPKINS bassist D’Arcy Wretzky is is not taking part at all in the band’s reunion after recently claiming that Corgan offered to have her come out and do sporadic appearances on the upcoming reunion tour.
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.