Smashing Pumpkins Reunite with James Iha for First Time in 16 Years

2016-04-02

Story by Anne Erickson

The Smashing Pumpkins made history at a recent Los Angeles gig

The Smashing Pumpkins made history last weekend, when the crew reunited  with founding member James Iha during their gig in Los Angeles, making it the first time the guitarist has performed with the Pumpkins in 16 years. Iha joined and the gang performed a few “Siamese Dream” songs together, including “Angie” and “Soma.” The audience also chimed in to sing “Happy Birthday” to Iha, as it was his 48th birthday.

Iha started the Smashing Pumpkins with frontman Billy Corgan. He was with the band until its breakup in 2000. Corgan brought back the Smashing Pumpkins in 2006, but Iha opted out of the reunion.

The current incarnation of the Smashing Pumpkins includes Corgan, guitarist Jeff Schroeder and original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. With Iha performing with the group, that made the band close to its original lineup. The only missing founding member at the show was bass player D’arcy Wretzky.

The Smashing Pumpkins are touring the country right now on their In Plainsong tour.


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