While original Smashing Pumpkins bassist D’arcy Wretzky said in a new interview that an invite to join the reunited band was later rescinded, a statement released by the group on Monday (Feb. 12) denied her claims.
According to an interview with the website BlastEcho, D’arcy said Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan sent her a contract that was agreed upon, but a month later, he told her “that wasn’t a real offer.” The statement from the band, however, says D’arcy is the one holding out.
“In reuniting The Smashing Pumpkins, the band’s dedication remains to its fans and its music,” the statement reads. “To that, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and William Corgan haven’t played a show with D’arcy Wretzky for over 18 years. But it’s not for a lack of trying. For despite reports, Ms. Wretzky has repeatedly been invited out to play with the group, participate in demo sessions, or at the very least, meet face-to-face, and in each and every instance she always deferred. We wish her all the best, and look forward to reconnecting with you all very soon.”
Over the weekend, the Smashing Pumpkins’ website was updated with a countdown clock set to expire on Thursday. Corgan appeared to hint last month that the band might be recording with Rick Rubin, but there’s no word yet on what exactly is planned for the imminent reunion — and who will be included.