Smashing Pumpkins Drummer All But Confirms Classic Lineup Reunion

Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin all but confirmed a reunion of the classic lineup of the band for a 2018 tour.

The lineup consisting of signer/songwriter/guitarist Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha, bassist D'arcy Wretsky and Chamberlin last played together in 1999.

In an interview with WGN Radio in Chicago, Chamberlin said:

We were talking about playing next year with the band and somebody asked me, you know, 'What's it like trying to coordinate that?' I said it's like Grumpy Old Men 3, only there's four grumpy old men and one's a woman. So, that's how it's going to be.

Earlier this year, Corgan was asked about a possible reunion and said, "I just talked to him [James Iha] the other day, and things look good for us getting back together."

Iha originally formed the band with Corgan in 1988 and were the only two members before Wretsky and Chamberlin entered the fold. Iha is also currently a member of A Perfect Circle. Wretsky has been out of the music scene since leaving the band in 1999.

The Pumpkins broke up in 2000 and returned in 2007 with mastermind Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin the only holdovers from the classic era of the band that sold over 20 million records in the '90s. Chamberlin left in 2009 but returned to touring in 2015. Iha joined Corgan and Chamberlin onstage for a few songs in 2016.

Smashing Pumpkins continued on with Corgan at the helm and a myriad of cast members since the 2007 reformation. The band most recently released Oceania in 2012 with Jeff Schroeder, Nicole Fiorentino and Mike Byrne, and Monuments to an Elegy in 2014 with Schroeder and Tommy Lee.

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