Since leaving the band in 1999, original Smashing Pumpkins bassist D’Arcy Wretzky has flown under the radar. However, BlastEcho was able to interview the enigmatic Wretzky, who now lives in Michigan.

She says she has been asked to rejoin Smashing Pumpkins four times, but has not spoken with frontman Billy Corgan since 1999. However, she does say she would "consider going back." What would lead to her return? “Circumstances would have to be a certain way,” she explains. “It’s much too complicated. I wouldn’t be able to tell you anyway.”

The only former bandmate she keeps in contact with is James Iha, and calls his recent appearances onstage with Smashing Pumpkins "really healthy."

Wretzky says she hasn't kept up with the Pumpkins since her departure, but has some fond memories of her experience. “Over the course of 12 years jamming with people who just clicked, you could just do it forever and ever and ever. For me that doesn’t happen very often and I really miss that,” says the bassist.

In an interview a few years ago, Corgan talked about Wretzky, saying, "To this day I miss D’arcy’s sense of integrity, but it’s not like the integrity of the indie world, she had a certain kind of musical taste, I think is the best way to put it, that I still respect. A real good keen sense of bulls--t, and was very principled in that regard.”

Corgan has had drummer Jimmy Chamberlin back in the band during his recent touring, while Iha has made guest appearances in Los Angeles and Chicago. As for the current incarnation of Smashing Pumpkins, they are wrapping up a tour with shows in Charlotte, N.C. tonight (April 27), followed by Akron, Ohio on April 29 and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on May 1.

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