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Smashing Pumpkins reunion is on

Melissa Auf Der Maur confirms rumours

Smashing Pumpkins' proposed reunion is set to go ahead, according to former bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur.

A spokesperson for Azoff Management also said yesterday (February 2) that singer Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin have signed on with the firm as Smashing Pumpkins and are writing new music.

Following original bass player D'Arcy Wretzky's departure from the band in 1999, Auf Der Maur joined the line-up, and has now said that Corgan is working on material that will make up a new album from the group.

"From what I understand, Billy (will be) making a Pumpkins record over the next little while," she told MTV News. "Everyone knows Billy doesn't need too many people to make a Pumpkins record, other than Jimmy (Chamberlin) - who he has on board."

Auf Der Maur has revealed that she is uncertain as to whether Corgan has approached guitarist James Iha or Wretzky to complete the band's original line-up.

However, she has told the frontman that she would be happy to stand in if he needs her.

"My services are there for him whenever he needs them," Auf Der Maur said. "Assuming I'm not on tour - but even then, we can cross paths. I love the Pumpkins, and to play those songs again would be nothing but fun for me. It was a big part of my life."

She added: "The coolest thing would be if D'Arcy was around, but I don't know where she's at and I don't think (Corgan or Chamberlin) do either. But I feel very comfortable being second best."

Corgan and Auf Der Maur recently worked on a track, 'Took Me Apart', which is set to feature on her second solo album.

Smashing Pumpkins were rumoured to be playing at this year's Coachella Festival, which takes place between April 29-30 in California though this was proved untrue when the line-up was revealed.

The group were also rumoured to be headlining Lollapalooza this summer, though a source has said that if the festival does return, the band would not be on the bill.

As previously reported on NME.COM, the first rumours of the band reforming came when Corgan took out an advert in the local Chicago Tribune newspaper where he said "his heart" remains with his old band.

He wrote: "When I played the final Smashing Pumpkins show on the night of December 2, 2000, I walked off the stage believing that I was forever leaving a piece of my life behind. I naively tried to start a new band, but found that my heart wasn't in it. I moved away to pursue a love that I once had but got lost. So I moved back home to heal what was broken in me, and to my surprise I found what I was looking or. I found that my heart is in Chicago, and that my heart is in the Smashing Pumpkins.

"For a year now I have walked around with a secret, a secret I chose to keep. But now I want you to be among the first to know that I have made plans to renew and revive the Smashing Pumpkins. I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams. In this desire I feel I have come home again."

Smashing Pumpkins split in 2000 after the release of their final album 'Machina'. Following the split Corgan formed Zwan, who split after one record.

Auf Der Maur has said that, whether she is involved or not, she wants the reunion to be done right.

"I hope they don't rush it, because the record should be the absolute best it can be," the bassist said. "(And they should) then strategise, because as we know, grunge is about to come back: The '80s trend is almost done and we're about to hit 1990 again. It's scary to think, but very true."

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*rollseyes*

Billy is only holding onto the SP's because it was what made him money. And the Zwan thing failed along with his solo careeer. The last successful thing he did was Mellon Collie and he just wants to tour around again making $$ off playing old material. SOunds like another person we know.

Give up the ghost Billy - you never going to have another 1979 again sorry.

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*rollseyes*

Billy is only holding onto the SP's because it was what made him money. And the Zwan thing failed along with his solo careeer. The last successful thing he did was Mellon Collie and he just wants to tour around again making $$ off playing old material. SOunds like another person we know.

Give up the ghost Billy - you never going to have another 1979 again sorry.

honestly, if your gonna come in here, bash billy like that, and then go on to bash axl... just get the fuck out of here honestly.

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Fair point. All these old bands reuniting doesn't do much for me, because I know it'll usually just result in a nostalgia tour. That's why I'd prefer to have Libertad and Chinese Democracy(ha!) this year than a GNR reunion.

Don't get me wrong, Pumpkins are an all time fav band of mine, and I'd definitely go to one of their shows if they come my way, but I just know they're not going to completely recapture that same spirit and magic they had back in their prime.

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In the past few years, I've seen some nostalgia tours, and have yet to be disapointed by

Eric Clapton

The Rolling Stones

Queen + Paul Rodgers

The Who (in 2k2 pre-new album and 2006 with the album)

Sting

Bob Dylan (2 tours before Modern Times, one with)

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

John Fogerty

Willie Nelson

Buddy Guy

If ya still got it, as I'm sure the Pumpkins do, give it to me! I will be seeing the Police this summer, and hope to have enough $$ to see both them and Van Halen. If Zep tours, clearly I will see them as well. The bottom line is I'm 18. I've never had a chance to see these bands before. For me, it aint nostalgia, as it wouldn't be for many of the classic rocker teens who will go to these shows. When I see the Who, Dylan, Springsteen, etc. the crowd is usually 50 percent nostalgic and 50 percent kids excited to see bands they've only heard on records and dreamed of seeing. Nostalgia? Fuck that. I just want quality music.

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I remember reading Billy said that this is not a tour for playing there old material. They're in the studio recording right now. So this is apparently not going to be 1979, Tonight tonight, Zero, Bullet with butterflywings, Ava Adore, Everlasting Gaze, Siva etc.

Just some new unknown shit, and it's only Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin confirmed for the lineup so far. So this is basically Zwan again, except with the Pumpkins name.

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In the past few years, I've seen some nostalgia tours, and have yet to be disapointed by

Eric Clapton

The Rolling Stones

Queen + Paul Rodgers

The Who (in 2k2 pre-new album and 2006 with the album)

Sting

Bob Dylan (2 tours before Modern Times, one with)

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

John Fogerty

Willie Nelson

Buddy Guy

If ya still got it, as I'm sure the Pumpkins do, give it to me! I will be seeing the Police this summer, and hope to have enough $$ to see both them and Van Halen. If Zep tours, clearly I will see them as well. The bottom line is I'm 18. I've never had a chance to see these bands before. For me, it aint nostalgia, as it wouldn't be for many of the classic rocker teens who will go to these shows. When I see the Who, Dylan, Springsteen, etc. the crowd is usually 50 percent nostalgic and 50 percent kids excited to see bands they've only heard on records and dreamed of seeing. Nostalgia? Fuck that. I just want quality music.

That is the best damn post i`v seen for a loooong time on this forum.

I 100% agree whit you man.

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