The former Smashing Pumpkins/Zwan frontman speaks out for the first time about the end of the Smashing Pumpkins.
Nearly three years after the Smashing Pumpkins played their final show at the Metro in Chicago and officially called it quits, former frontman Billy Corgan is pointing fingers. On his official website, billycorgan.com, Corgan usually posted about work on his upcoming solo album, and even what he ate for breakfast. But in a February 17th post, Corgan spoke out about the demise of the Smashing Pumpkins for the first time. “The truth of the matter is that James Iha broke up the Smashing Pumpkins, not me, not Jimmy, but James. Did it help that D’Arcy was fired for being a mean spirited drug addict that refused to get help? No, that didn’t help keep the band together at all…” He also stated: “D’Arcy didn’t want to break up the band, we didn’t let her, and Jimmy didn’t want to break up the band, not at that time, and I would have gone on forever.” Corgan expressed his disappointment in Iha, commenting: “Until that last show on December 2, 2000, when he thanked D’Arcy onstage, but not the two men standing onstage next to him, and I was loyal until he left the Metro that night without even saying goodbye, or an ‘it’s been great boys!’ or a simple ‘i love you guys’ to us. No. James Iha left the Metro that night without saying goodbye to the 2 people he won and lost and traveled the world with.” Billy Corgan is currently working on a solo album. There is no set release date for the work yet.