Three of the four original members of Smashing Pumpkins have announced their first North American tour since 2000. Bill Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James Iha are set to launch the Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour On July 12 in Glendale, Arizona without original bassist D’Arcy Wretzky.

The ‘reunion’ was hinted at back in January when Corgan posted an Instagram photo of himself, Chamberlin, and Iha in the studio. A few days later, Wretzky who has kicked out of the band in 1999 for “distrust of her in the studio coupled with her apparent slow descent into insanity and/or drugs (take your pick),” told rock website BlastEcho that the reunion was definitely occurring minus her.

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After a mysterious countdown clock showed up on the Smashing Pumpkin’s site over the weekend, Wretzky went back to BlastEcho to share her half of the reunion story. Wretzky said that Corgan extended an offer to her and bandmates Iha and Chamberlin, then rescinded it a month later. She was unaware if the offer was pulled or changed for Chamberlin or Iha, though she believes it was not.

Following Wretzky’s public denouncement of Corgan’s behavior, the band released an official statement through their spokesperson.

The statement read “In reuniting The Smashing Pumpkins, the band’s dedication remains to its fans and its music. To that, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and William Corgan haven’t played a show with D’arcy Wretzky for over 18 years. But it’s not for a lack of trying. For despite reports, Ms. Wretzky has repeatedly been invited out to play with the group, participate in demo sessions, or at the very least, meet face-to-face, and in each and every instance she always deferred. We wish her all the best, and look forward to reconnecting with you all very soon.”

In response, Wetzky released alleged screenshots of her conversations with Corgan about her involvement in the reunion including proposed studio and tour work. According to the screenshots, Corgan played eager to have Wretzky back on tour in whatever capacity she liked until she revealed she was suffering from a shoulder injury. Corgan then appears to go back on his offer and likens Wretzky’s future role with the band to original Guns N’ Roses drummer Stephen Adler on their Not In This Lifetime tour, where he only appeared on a few tracks and at select shows.

On Feb. 14, Alternative Nation published the first extensive interview with Wretzky in 20 years. In the interview, Wretzky said of Corgan and the reunion “He says that he’s invited me to come out and play for all of these things, which is a complete lie. He’s never invited me to anything.” She added “Billy demands 150% loyalty from everyone, but gives none.”

The lengthy interview goes in depth about the ongoing feud between Corgan and Wretzky, from their tumultuous first encounter, Wretzky claiming the two were never friends, and detailing her departure from the band in 1999.

“But the thing with that was I was going through a really bad time, I didn’t know what was happening, I was having a nervous breakdown. I had 30 plus panic attacks a day, I didn’t know what it was, it was terrible,” Wretzky said in the interview.

Amidst the tense back and forth, Smashing Pumpkins announced their reunion tour today with the three original male members who will be accompanied by longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder. Produced by Live Nation, the 36-city tour will cut across North America including performances in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, and close out on Sept. 7 in Boise, Idaho.

“Some 30 years ago, as 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,” said Corgan in the release.

Corgan added “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.”

Tickets for the Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour will go on sale to the general public starting next Friday, Feb. 23 at 10am local time and be available at,, and via the Live Nation App.


Smashing Pumpkins 2018 North American Tour Dates
July 12, 2018
Glendale, AZ
Gila River Arena
July 14, 2018
Oklahoma City, OK
Chesapeake Energy Arena
July 16, 2018
Austin, TX
Frank Erwin Center
July 17, 2018
Houston, TX
Toyota Center
July 18, 2018
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center
July 20, 2018
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena
July 21, 2018
Louisville, KY
KFC Yum! Center
July 22, 2018
Atlanta, GA
Infinite Energy Arena
July 24, 2018
Miami, FL
AmericanAirlines Arena
July 25, 2018
Tampa, FL
Amalie Arena
July 27, 2018
Baltimore, MD
Royal Farms Arena
July 28, 2018
Philadelphia, PA
Wells Fargo Center
July 29, 2018
Uncasville, CT
Mohegan Sun Arena
July 31, 2018
Boston, MA
TD Garden
August 01, 2018
New York City, NY
Madison Square Garden
August 04, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA
PPG Paints Arena
August 05, 2018
Detroit, MI
Little Caesars Arena
August 07, 2018
Centre Bell
August 08, 2018
Air Canada Centre
August 11, 2018
Columbus, OH
Schottenstein Center
August 13, 2018
Chicago, IL
United Center
August 16, 2018
Kansas City, MO
Sprint Center
August 17, 2018
Indianapolis, IN
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
August 19, 2018
St. Paul, MN
Xcel Energy Center
August 20, 2018
Omaha, NE
CenturyLink Center
August 21, 2018
Sioux Falls, SD
Denny Sanford Premier Center
August 24, 2018
Seattle, WA
August 25, 2018
Portland, OR
Moda Center
August 27, 2018
Oakland, CA
Oracle Arena
August 28, 2018
Sacramento, CA
Golden 1 Center
August 30, 2018
Los Angeles, CA
The Forum
September 01, 2018
San Diego, CA
Viejas Arena
September 02, 2018
Las Vegas, NV
T-Mobile Arena
September 04, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT
Vivint Smart Home Arena
September 05, 2018
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center
September 07, 2018
Boise, ID
Ford Idaho Center
Taylor Mims

Taylor Mims

News Editor at Amplify
Taylor Mims is Amplify's News Editor. She is a Los Angeles native and received her Masters in Creative Writing from Cal State Long Beach.
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