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Billy Corgan Pens Heartfelt Birthday Note to Former Smashing Pumpkins Bassist D’arcy Wretzky

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The lineage of the Smashing Pumpkins has been a somewhat confusing, yet unbelievably rewarding one. Through internal struggles and personal clashes, the Smashing Pumpkins made timeless music with its classic lineup, and frontman Billy Corgan just sent out his first public message to former bassist D’arcy Wretzky in what seems like forever.

Though Corgan expressed his disinterest in a classic Smashing Pumpkins reunion earlier this year, the musician ended up in a reunion of sorts with guitarist James Iha. Corgan and Iha performed together on March 26 in Los Angeles, marking the first time the two shared a stage since 2000. They played together once more shortly thereafter in Chicago. With drummer Jimmy Chamberlin’s recent return, that leaves only one classic member to mend fences with.

D’arcy Wretzky recently stated she’d be open to a Pumpkins homecoming, but admits circumstances are “much too complicated.” “Over the course of 12 years jamming with people who just clicked, you could just do it forever and ever and ever,” Wretzky told BlastEcho. “For me that doesn’t happen very often and I really miss that.”

In a new Facebook post, Corgan wished Wretzky a Happy Birthday (May 1) and offered some very kind words:

And speaking of those I’ve been fortunate enough to share the stage with, I see that it’s D’arcy Wretzky’s birthday today: So a big and happy B-Day to her from here! I’m encouraged to hear that she is playing music once more, and writing songs. As I’ve often said, no one had better musical discernment in our band than she.

As I head home, it’s crazy to think that it was nearly 30 years ago that I began this wild and wooly journey, and that meeting James, then D’arcy, then Jimmy would alter all of our lives forever; for the better, I would argue.

Hey, if Guns N’ Roses can get back together, who says the original Pumpkins can’t? We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed as time goes on.

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