Corgan talks wrestling, mental health and says Pumpkins bassist D’arcy will not be returning to the band.
Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins talked to 98 Rock Baltimore about a number of subjects including mental health, wrestling and the involvement, or lack thereof, of bassist D’arcy Wretzky in the Smashing Pumpkins reunion. In the eleven minute interview he talked very briefly about his own struggles with mental health and how speaking about them seemed to help fans realise they aren’t the only ones who feel that way. He went on to discuss the NWA pro wrestling promotion which he now owns and finally discussed the Smashing Pumpkins reunion tour, also addressing statements previous made by Wretzky.
D’arcy Wretzky made claims to the New York Post that she had been misled to the band’s reunion, had been told she’d be making “millions of dollars” and that Corgan would be making twice as much as the other band members. While he addressed her comments at the time and was “horrified” that she leaked their private correspondence onto the internet, he revisited the subject in this interview. Stating that the band aren’t young anymore and so the 31 song setlist which sees the band playing for three hours isn’t easy, Corgan says that he’d made the offer to Wretzky to “show up at any time and play as much as she wanted to play.” Wretzky had apparently insisted on playing the full set even though she hasn’t performed live in 19 years, with Corgan feeling that she didn’t want to actually return and negotiations had become “a game of chicken”.
On a , November 2017 episode of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast, Corgan spoke in detail on him earning more than the rest of the band as he wrote all of the Shmashing Pumpkins’ material. He was open about the problems this caused in the band and how he’d probably have split the writing credits equally in hindsight.