Billy Corgan hasn’t outright confirmed a reunion of Smashing Pumpkins’ original lineup, but he sure is fanning the flames with some of his recent comments. Last month, Corgan told fans that he was “back in contact” with bassist D’Arcy Wretzky after going 16 years without speaking. Now, in a new Facebook video posted Thursday, Corgan again teased a forthcoming reunion and even hinted at a new Smashing Pumpkins album with “people who used to be in the band.”
“Well last time I said anything about SP news, it turned into a big story about how the band was reuniting, so I guess I’ll just let people read my facial ticks,” Corgan said (via Alternative Nation). “Is the band reuniting? I don’t know, but definitely making plans for next year, definitely making plans to tour next year under the name Smashing Pumpkins. Who will be on stage? We shall see. (Makes facial tick) There’s my tick.”
“Call me crazy, but I am getting a hankering to starting writing rock and roll music again,” Corgan added. “I find myself obsessing on riffs in my head. I would say if I was going to make an album of SP music again, it would probably be somewhere between Gish and Siamese Dream type styles. I think I’m ready to get back to big riffs, big choruses. So I guess I have to get Jimmy Chamberlin on the phone (makes facial tick), there’s another tick, and maybe some other people (makes facial tick) who used to be in the band.”
As previously reported, industry sources tell Consequence of Sound that Corgan has indeed shopped a Smashing Pumpkins reunion for shows and festival slots next summer.
Elsewhere in the video, Corgan confirmed that he’s recorded a new solo album with Rick Rubin, featuring 12 or 13 songs. “For the most part the record is done,” Corgan explained, but he does not yet have a release date.
He also said there are plans for new Smashing Pumpkins archival releases that touch on the band’s early history. “Some things on there that haven’t been released, I don’t even know if they’ve ever been bootlegged,” Corgan said of the material, which was recorded between 1988 and 1992.
Corgan also discussed his role as president of Impact Wrestling. Watch the full video below.