Billy Corgan Hints That He’s Working With Rick Rubin On A Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Album

Written by Sam Murphy on 1st February, 2018

Billy Corgan Hints That He’s Working With Rick Rubin On A Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Album

Billy Corgan has hinted that he’s been working with super-producer Rick Rubin on the long-awaited Smashing Pumpkins reunion record.

Corgan wrote an Instagram post clarifying that he wasn’t “sick” despite a previous picture captioned with, “making peace with God.”

It’s not the explanation that he’s not sick that has most fans interested but a piece of information regarding recording with Rubin.

“I share a window (curated as it is) into my crazy life,” he wrote.

“As an example, we are currently in the studio with Rick Rubin. But unless I show you a picture of Rick sitting Buddha-like at a mixing desk, you probably wouldn’t know that.”

Corgan has already confirmed that he’s recorded a solo album with Rubin but Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has also posted pictures of Rubin’s Malibu studio, suggesting a Pumpkins record is also in the works.

Corgan has been in the studio with both Chamberlin and James Iha. Chamerlin has said that we should expect a reunion record from the band this year.

Last week, bassist D’Arcy Wretzky confirmed that she will not be reuniting with the band because they have, “decided to go with a different bass player.”

Corgan and co are yet to officially confirm an album release or reunion shows but it’s starting to look very good for fans.

I've had a crazy life. Good crazy, but crazy nonetheless. For example. I saw this picture of myself the other day. Besides having a generally good idea of when it was taken (1993 or 1994) I don't remember actually taking the photo, nor do I remember countless others like it between the years 1991-2004. Now, perhaps that says something about my inability or desire to remember, but I'd argue it's an unfortunate result of the blur of those years. Which leads me to this time, or this moment, where like so many, I share a window (curated as it is) into my crazy life. As an example, we are currently in the studio with Rick Rubin. But unless I show you a picture of Rick sitting Buddha-like at a mixing desk, you probably wouldn't know that. Or when I, in a very naive way, post a shot with a needle in my arm and ramble on about making peace with God and time left on dear 'ol Earth, it sent some signal to friends and associates alike that I was sick or wanted other's sympathy. (As fact, it was an IV full of vitamins and homeopathy to assist in getting over this vicious flu). So yes, was sick, and no, not serious in any way nor would I share such info here because this window I'd prefer to be one where you see the sunlight streaming through. The only addendum to that is when I saw how others were reacting to their perception of my misguided and poorly worded message, I chose not to react in kind; in essence I let the shadows cast be whatever you-they-them want to believe. Because we live now in a world where perception often outweighs reality, and that's fine. So to that, here's a new pic I just took of me with my sandy-brown, curly hair flowing in the studio breeze. Lots of love, WPC #wpc

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A studio still life #art!

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New studio – same rock power.

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