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Smashing Pumpkins’ OG Drummer Hints At 2018 Reunion With The Original Lineup

Written by Sam Murphy on June 29, 2017

The Smashing Pumpkins‘ original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has hinted that the band are planning on reuniting their original lineup next year.

“We were talking about playing next year with the band and somebody asked me, you know, ‘What’s it like trying to coordinate that?'” Chamberlin told WGN Radio (via Blabbermouth) while talking about the band.

“I said it’s like ‘Grumpy Old Men 3′, only there’s four grumpy old men and one’s a woman’. [Laughs] So… that’s how it’s gotten to be.”

He talked further about his relationship with Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan saying, “The two hours that we spend playing music together is the greatest thing in the world.

“It’s the other twenty-two hours of the day that him and I are… He’s got opinions, I’ve got opinions; we’re both grown men, right?”

The OG Pumpkins lineup hasn’t played together since 1999 when D’Arcy Wretzky left the band, but frontman Billy Corgan has also been saying recently that a reunion could be on the cards.

Chamberlin has been playing with the band, Wretzky and Corgan are on speaking terms again and former guitarist James Iha has joined them on stage a few times, making a reunion seem possible.

Last time Corgan talked about a reunion with the original lineup he said that he “didn’t know” whether it was going to happen. He said he was “making plans” to tour under the Smashing Pumpkins name next year, but was unsure who would be joining him on stage.

He further teased recording a new album with people “who used to be in the band”, and now all the hints are now starting to add up.

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