Alt-rock fans everywhere rejoiced upon the news of a Smashing Pumpkins reunion back in February. The group delivered its first new track in 18 years, “Solara,” on June 8 and can’t get enough of making music again.
Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin sat down with Howard Stern on Tuesday (June 12) to talk about the reunion and how much they’ve grown. ‘When we were working with Rick Rubin out in California…I looked across the room at James, and it was like looking through a tunnel back through all those years,” Corgan gushed. “I was just like, ‘I can’t believe we’re back in the same room and we’re making music. This is so cool.’”
A topic that was discussed in detail was bassist D’arcy Wretzky, who opted out of the comeback. When asked what exactly happened, Corgan explained that he never managed to meet up with her. “The simple version is I spent two years trying to rebuild my relationship, much like James and I built our relationship. So, music seemed to be possible because there was good dialogue. Every time I talked to her on the phone, she was absolutely lovely.”
“When we first approached her on the business side about ‘Well this is going to be the framework and this is what it’s going to look like,’ She said she refused,” he continued.
“The concerns that I had because I couldn’t get her in the room,” he explained. I didn’t know the state of her body, I didn’t know the state of her mind, I didn’t know the state of her ability to play. This is very difficult music to play.”
Listen to the interview below.