New Smashing Pumpkins Lineup Revealed?

The latest additions to the "reunited" Smashing Pumpkins are reportedly bassist Ginger Reyes and guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

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According to a posting on, 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 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, 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."

Corgan often expressed irritation in the past with Iha and Wretzky'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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    Ah well it doesn't really matter. I don't think Iha and Wretzky had huge impact on the sound and the creative process of the band.
    Aidy Damage
    Ginger Reyes is a great replacement for D'arcy, though I seem to be the only person on UG to have heard of Halo Friendlies! I'm actually pretty happy with this lineup, though I would have been happier if James were involved.
    Billy was the main force of the band along with Jimmy. So yes the core is there however, the band was at its best (this has been said already) when all members had a part. I was and still am a huge fan I have tons of pumpkins stuff for the 90's and followed the band faithfully. But when Billy was all on his own he strayed from rock way to far. If this band is going to be called Pumpkins then he needs to rock if he does not this time I have news for him it..the fans will not be there for another round.
    Lame man. Reeeeeal lame. I'm officially boycotting the Pumpkins I'm only buying 3 copies of the new album on its release day
    Sick_Boy : As long as it isn't another Machina or Adore then I'm cool.
    While i do agree with you... jus not having Iha won't be the same, sure he didnt do much in the last few albums, but look at the earlier ones, he was ****in' awesome. if there's no D'arcy/Melissa though... i'd be extremely disapointed...
    Billy really does most of the work, besides the drumming. Can't complain too much, although I did enjoy Iha's playing.
    Dirk Gently
    Who the hell are those people? My teenage memories of Smashing Pumpkins awesomeness are being bastardized
    tralala13 wrote: Corgan made the band. Who cares about the other three?
    if it would be Corgan only, it would be guitars and vocals. the rest of the band matters, dumbass. either way, hopefully the band will be awesome.
    xthpsgodx wrote: He did almost all the guitar and bass parts on Siamese Dream anyway.
    True, but James helped to write those parts
    Whats with the cowboy hat? Corgan kinda looked like a country singer there, but as long as it's not a picture of him and courtney love, then I'm happy
    the addition of Ginger and jeff make it sound like billy wants an early pumpkins sound.
    well this doesnt sound much like a reunion to me. But if Corgan was the only real creative force behind pumpkins, then i guess it doesnt really matter, the new album should still be good.
    AHH so really this is a Billy solo album/tour....well I guess the last couple SP cds were Bi;ly solo...but good SP was when they were a band...another musician too full of himself...sad very sad