According to the Smashing Pumpkins\' web site, the band have officially reformed! They are currently writing songs for their upcoming album, their first since 2000. The group, including longtime Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin (photo), will begin recording this summer. No release date has yet been set.
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A spokesperson for Azoff Management also confirmed that bandleader Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin had signed on with the firm as Smashing Pumpkins, and that the two have been writing new music.
Onetime Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur said she wasn\'t not sure whether Corgan had reached out to guitarist James Iha or bassist D\'Arcy Wretzky to complete the band\'s original line-up.
Auf der Mauer has told Corgan that she would be happy to pitch in if he needed her. She replaced Wretzky in 1999 and worked with the group until they disbanded in 2000.