The Smashing Pumpkins original lineup reunion is picking up a little more heat.
Billy Corgan posted a Facebook message late last week saying that, "There’s some big stuff happening. We're making plans. I can't give that away, but it's going to be interesting.”
Meanwhile, the web site Consequence of Sound quotes an "industry source" as saying that Billy Corgan is actively soliciting concerts and festival appearances for the original lineup. The original quartet -- Corgan, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, guitarist James Iha and bassist D'Arcy Wretzky -- hasn't played together since 1999. But Chamberlin has been back in the Pumpkins several times since then and toured with the group during the past year. Iha made a couple of guest appearances at shows, and Wretzky told an interviewer that she would be open to playing with the Pumpkins again.
Corgan has also said he's finished work on a solo album, and that he and current Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder are forming a new band that will include musicians from the latest Pumpkins touring lineup -- perhaps making room for the original Pumpkins to operate under the band name without confusion.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.