Back in the day I was a big fan of the Smashing Pumpkins. But ever since all of the original members left Billy Corgan on his own, I haven’t been following them. In fact, I’ve never been keen on the idea of one member releasing music and touring using the old and name. But anyway…
At a “Smashing Pumpkins” show in LA over the weekend, a special guest joined Corgan on stage – Original guitarist James Iha! They haven’t played together in 16 years and actually not that long ago Billy Corgan said they have ‘no relationship’. I guess they do now? lol Iha stayed on stage for 9 songs.
Billy was pretty nonchalant about bringing him on stage, but the crowd loved it!
The Pumpkins original drummer, Jimmy Chamberlin has also been back for this tour, so it really was like a mini reunion. They’re only missing bassist D’Arcy Wretzky, who left back in 1999.
It also happened to be James’ 48th birthday, so during the encore Billy sang Happy Birthday to him: