It’s the secret that’s all over the internet, yet remains unconfirmed. Over the last year, Smashing Pumpkins band leader Billy Corgan has repeatedly mentioned, let slip or tweeted about the possibility and progress of the preparations for what seems to be a reunion of the classic Smashing Pumpkins line-up of Corgan, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. (Sadly, original bassist D’Arcy Wretzky has definitively confirmed that she won’t be a part of said reunion). Corgan even posted a few days ago (hidden between the lines of a very long post) that the band was in the studio with production legend Rick Rubin.

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Now, someone (might it be Corgan?) has thrown another bone to frenzied fans, leaking an image of the former Pumpkins at a recent photoshoot. The image features Corgan, Iha and Chamberlin, along with long time Corgan collaborator (and current band member) Jeff Schroeder, who joined Corgan in 2007, long after the end of the Pumpkin’s classic line-up. The current speculation is the Schroeder might take up bass duties, given Wretzky’s absence.

While all of this is currently just speculation and remains unconfirmed, here’s the leaked photograph. Make of it what you will. 

While we’re talking about the Smashing Pumpkins, have you checked out this Gibson.com article in which Corgan and Schroeder discuss their go-to Gibson guitars?