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Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Calls James Iha a ‘Piece of S**t’ + Claims Jimmy Chamberlin Lied

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On the eve of opening a new chapter for the Smashing Pumpkins with the release of  ‘Oceania,’ frontman Billy Corgan offers his thoughts on his former bandmates, calling one “just a piece of s—” and claiming that another lied about the circumstances surrounding his departure from the band.

Corgan has never been one to mince words, especially these days. The last original Pumpkin standing will tell you his honest opinion about anything, all you have to do is ask. He recently offered his unfiltered thoughts on a number of bands, saying things like “I’ll Piss on Radiohead,” and taking shots at Collective Soul by calling them a “terrible band.” Now his aim has turned inward, sort of, as he cuts into the Smashing Pumpkins of yesteryear.

In an interview in the latest issue of NME, Corgan offered some harsh words on former drummer Jimmy Chamberlin’s 2009 statement about leaving the band, that implied that he felt they were unjustly cashing in on the Pumpkins’ name. “See now, here is a perfect opportunity for me to bury Jimmy as a f—ing liar. But I won’t. That’s a lie. That statement’s just a flat-out lie,” said Corgan. “I’m OK with Jimmy. We don’t have a relationship at the moment, but I mean, I have no ill will. I want to see him do well.”

Although Corgan did clarify his feelings about Chamberlin, he was not so kind when it came to another ex-bandmate. “James Iha, I think, is just a piece of s—. I think he’s one of the worst human beings I’ve ever met in my life.”

Former bassist D’arcy Wretzky got off the lightest in the interview, “She’s sort of, in her own way, sort of an innocent,” he said. “She’s not a bad person. And I don’t hold any ill will towards her, even though I’ve had to deal with f—ing lawsuits and stuff like that. If there’s any f—ing culprit in this it’s Iha. But you know, he was there at the right time in my life, we did do good things together, I think he is a good musician when he gives a f—, which most of the time he doesn’t. And that’s about it.”

The frontman has commented multiple times how pleased he is with the band’s current lineup and how well they get along, which is good. After that interview the already-highly unlikely reunion of the original members can now be pronounced dead. The band’s latest body of work, ‘Oceania,’ will hit stores on June 19 and can be streamed now via iTunes.

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