Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Tour Sans Bassist: Why?

by Ryan “The Lion” Henning

Smashing Pumpkins is going on a reunion tour. However, not everyone is included.

The tour was introduced quite a few months ago, but it wasn’t until recently that SP, according to Entertainment Weekly, announced the Shiny and Oh So Bright tour on would feature “singer/guitarist/guru Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha, and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, who are the other three original members, along with guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who has been with the band since 2007.”

The original bass player, D’Arcy Wretzky, was left in the dark. “I only just found about it yesterday that the band has decided to go with a different bass player,” the original bassist said.

New player Jack Bates is playing for Smashing Pumpkins instead. To add more to the secrecy, lead singer Billy Corgan noted, “I’ve been in communication with D’arcy for the first time in 16 or 17 years.”

If this is a reunion tour, why isn’t everybody here? Normally the reason for new members is that an old member splits off or passes away, but in an interview, Wretzky says she wanted to join in despite a shoulder injury. She was upset that Corgan locked her out.

What do you think? Does Corgan have permission to pick up a new bass player? Or should D’Arcy stand her ground as the original? After all, the tour will consist of songs from the group’s beginnings. Will Bates hold up to the legacy, or be unable to fill the spot once held by Wretzky?

Interested in the tour? Find more info on Smashing Pumpkins’s official site.

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