Smashing Pumpkins Drummer On Reunion: ‘I’m In, And I’m Excited’

Jimmy Chamberlin on board for band's resurrection.

Two down, two more to go.

Alt-rock icon Billy Corgan came one step closer this weekend to resurrecting his Smashing Pumpkins now that drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is on board. Less than a week after declaring — in a full-page advertisement in Tuesday’s Chicago Tribune — his desire to re-form the defunct band, it appears that Corgan’s Pumpkins reunion could become a reality.

On Friday, Chamberlin told the Chicago Sun-Times that he’s back in the fold and is raring to go. But Chamberlin’s cooperation comes as little surprise, given his chummy relationship with Corgan — and the fact that the two have worked together post-Pumpkins. Both were members of the short-lived Zwan, and Chamberlin appears on Corgan’s solo debut, TheFutureEmbrace.

Chamberlin is the first of Corgan’s former musical conspirators to confirm his return to the band. Whether guitarist James Iha and bassist D’Arcy Wretzky would follow suit, Chamberlin couldn’t say.

“All I can say is that the Smashing Pumpkins are Billy, James, myself and D’Arcy,” the drummer told the Sun-Times. “In an ideal world, that’s what it will end up being. The hope is that everybody will come to the table, but I can only speak for myself in saying that I’m in, and I’m excited.”

Chamberlin did tell the paper that he has not spoken to Wretzky since her departure from the band in August 1999, but does exchange e-mails with Iha regularly. The topic of a Pumpkins reunion has never come up, Chamberlin said, but “I intend to reach out to him.”

Corgan and Chamberlin have been kicking the reunion idea around for some time, the drummer said, but he didn’t know whether the singer had spoken with the remaining former Pumpkins. Chamberlin does think that Corgan “opened the door” for their return with the newspaper ad (see “Billy Corgan Says He Wants To Re-Form Smashing Pumpkins” ).

“It’s still all very new, and I don’t know if anybody really knows what’s going on,” Chamberlin told the daily. “We really haven’t sat down at the table and figured out the nuts and bolts.”

Corgan’s ad stated, “I have made plans to renew and revive the Smashing Pumpkins. I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams.”

The Pumpkins disbanded in 2000 (see “Smashing Pumpkins To Disband At Year’s End” ), with two Grammys and millions in record sales to their credit.