According to a posting on Buddyhead.com
, the latest additions to the "reunited
" Smashing Pumpkins are bassist Ginger Reyes
(ex-Halo Friendlies) and guitarist Jeff Schroeder
(ex-The Lassie Foundation).
So far there has been no official confirmation of the new members' identities, although original guitarist James Iha
did reveal to RollingStone.com past week that he is not part of the current Smashing Pumpkins
album or tour. "I haven't spoken to Billy [Corgan, Pumpkins mainman] in years,
" he said.
The only confirmed original member besides Corgan is drummer Jimmy Chamberlin
In a February 2007 interview with MTV.com, Pumpkins manager Paul Geary
hinted that the relaunched Smashing Pumpkins would not include original members Iha on guitar and D'Arcy Wretzky on bass. Geary
said, "I've been involved with bands whose members can't stand each other, and over time they run out of dough and that's why they [reunite]. But Billy's making a great record, and for the sake of a younger generation that he wants to turn on to the band's music, he is doing it with a band that will more faithfully re-create the old songs than ever before.
often expressed irritation in the past with Iha
's playing, and it was rumored that he recorded all of their parts himself on much of the Pumpkins' recorded output.
As previously reported, Smashing Pumpkins
have announced their first live performance since December 2, 2000 a very special and intimate theatre show to take place May 22 in Paris, France at the historic and elegantly appointed Grand Rex. Tickets will go on sale April 11.
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