This question seems to keep popping up regularly every few months, especially as band leader Corgan has been pretty busy of late. The latest update on the possibility of a reunion of the classic Smashing Pumpkins line-up is this:

Billy Corgan is definitely open to the idea. Last year he he revealed that he’d patched things up with former bassist D’Arcy Wretzky, speaking to her for the first time in seventeen years. He’s played a few shows with guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin as well.

So is this happening or not? Sadly, there’s no clear answer as yet. Speaking recently to Team Rock, Corgan said, “As I’ve said a few times publicly that I’m interested in the band being creative again. Playing shows is fine – I’m totally cool with the idea that if you come see some iteration of Pumpkins 5.0, it’ll be focused on the 90s era of work. It’ll be a real celebration – we’ll get the closure we never had. And a 22-year-old who has only ever heard about the myth can come and see it in some form. I think we’d still be fine.”

However, he’d like to go a step further than just dusting off the Pumpkin classics, saying, “Me personally, I’m really interested in being creative again. I think there’s a space for us to fit where nobody is inhabiting, and that’s very attractive to me because our skill set is quite dangerous in this environment, and I really like that.

So there you have it. No one can quite say that a reunion is happening, all we know for now is that it’s still a possibility.

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