In a not so surprising move, the Smashing Pumpkins have been reunited... well... sort of. Billboard.com is reporting that Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin have signed a management deal under the Pumpkins name. James Iha and original bassist D’arcy are both noticeably absent from the deal, as is fill-in bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur. The great bald one and his drummer are set to start recording their first new Pumpkins album in six years.
D’arcy’s replacement, Melissa Auf Der Maur, told MTV News that she was totally interested in joining up with the recently revived Pumpkins. She said: “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...My services are there for [Corgan] whenever he needs them."
Rumor has it that multi-instrumentalist Billy Mohler, who was a contributor on Chamberlin’s solo album, will be involved with the Pumpkins v2.0. Is having Corgan and Chamberlin really enough to make a solid Smashing Pumpkins comeback? Auf Der Maur believes so, adding: “As long as Billy has Jimmy, he can make the essential Pumpkins record, I'm sure.”