The Smashing Pumpkins (or Smashing Pumpkins) are an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan (lead vocals, guitar) and James Iha (guitar), the band included D’arcy Wretzky (bass guitar) and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums) in its original incarnation. It has undergone many line-up changes over the course of its existence, with the current lineup including Corgan, rhythm guitarist Jeff Schroeder and Chamberlin.
Disavowing the punk rock roots of many of their alt-rock contemporaries, the Pumpkins have a diverse, densely layered, and guitar-heavy sound, containing elements of gothic rock, heavy metal, dream pop, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, shoegazing, and electronica in later recordings. Corgan is the group’s primary songwriter—his grand musical ambitions and cathartic lyrics have shaped the band’s albums and songs, which have been described as “anguished, bruised reports from Billy Corgan’s nightmare-land”.
On March 26, 2016, original guitarist James Iha joined Jeff Schroeder, Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin on stage at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. He performed a few songs, including “Whir”, “Mayonaise” and “Soma”, marking his first appearance with the Smashing Pumpkins in 16 years.