It looks like the Smashing Pumpkins may be getting back together next year

“We were talking about playing next year with the band,” claims Jimmy Chamberlin.
From the sounds of what original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is saying, the Smashing Pumpkins’ original line-up may be getting back together in 2018.

Speaking to WGN Radio, Chamberlin seemed to be suggesting plans are afoot for something big. “We were talking about playing next year with the band,” he said, “and someone asked me, you know, ‘What’s it like trying to coordinate that?’”

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

“The two hours that we spend playing music together is the greatest thing in the world,” he continued. “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 original Smashing Pumpkins line-up hasn’t performed together since 1999, when bassist D’Arcy Wretzky left that band, but recently frontman Billy Corgan has seemed to warm to the idea of the idea of putting the classic iteration of the group back together.

Chamberlin has already been playing with the current Smashing Pumpkins line-up, guitarist James Iha has appeared on stage with the pair, and Wretzky and Corgan are at least on speaking terms again.

Corgan also revealed he was “making plans” to tour with the Smashing Pumpkins in 2018, but didn’t know what the line-up would be. However, he did tease a new album with people “who used to be in the band”.

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