Pumpkins patch things up
Chamberlin, Corgan and Iha return!
Jimmy Chamberlin has reunited with Smashing Pumpkins bandmates Billy Corgan and James Iha for a new record and tour.
Three-quarters of the Pumpkins’ classic line-up are back together for the Shiny And Oh So Bright tour, which at present kicks off in July. The run is, at the moment, confined to North America. However, reports suggest the band has also been in the studio working on a new, Rick Rubin-produced album, so it seems plenty of Pumpkins activity could be on the way.
That would ring true with comments made by Chamberlin to Rhythm last year. In the run-up to his headlining performance at the London Drum Show, Chamberlin told us that the plan was for a new collaborative Smashing Pumpkins album to emerge in 2018. Although, he admitted that the exact line-up could remain fluid right until the last moment.
Discussing who exactly might contribute to the recording of the album, he said: “We won’t know until the red light goes on. The hope is that we would be able to re-harness the power of that unit, even spiritually. There’s a lot to be said for who is in the room. It’s not always who is playing what, it is having people in the room who have opinions and you are compassionate to their opinions, that in itself is a from of production. On Zeitgeist that is something we didn’t have. On that it was just Billy and I trying to manufacturer that vibe. I’m looking forward to not having to do that!”
The re-tooled Pumpkins line-up, which does not feature original bassist D’arcy Wretzky, will perform songs exclusively from their first five albums (from their 1991 debut Gish to 2000’s Machina).
Announcing the tour, frontman Billy Corgan commented: “Some 30 years ago, The Smashing Pumpkins, James Iha and I began a musical journey in the cramped rear bedroom of my father’s house. And so it’s magic to me that we’re able to coalesce once more around the incredible Jimmy Chamberlin, to celebrate those songs we’ve made together.
“This show and staging will be unlike any we’ve ever done, and will feature a set unlike any we’ve ever played. For if this is a chance at a new beginning, we plan on ushering it in with a real bang.”
Last year, Jimmy filled us in on the nature of a Pumpkins studio reunion, suggesting that he felt no great desire to recreate his past, nor needlessly reinvent the wheel. But, we can rest assured that it will feature a hefty dollop of evolution in terms of the band’s sound.
“It’s just what I do,” he said. “I don’t look at it like I have to reinvent the wheel, there is no pressure to be something I’m not but I am accountable to have something different about it. For me, as an artist there has to be some evolution. I feel like all the Pumpkins records, at least all the ones I played on, were evolutionary from a drumming standpoint in one way or another and some of them maybe more obviously than others. From an orchestration and rhythmic standpoint I want it to be different.”
Jimmy at last year’s London Drum Show and now back with Smashing Pumpkins