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Siamese Dreaming: James Iha performs live with Smashing Pumpkins for first time in 16 years

 

Slowly but surely, the much-loved ’90s-era lineup of Smashing Pumpkins is coming back together.

Last night in Los Angeles, Billy Corgan brought the Pumpkins’ “In Plainsong” electro-acoustic tour to the Theatre at Ace Hotel, and was joined on stage by original guitarist James Iha, who left the group in 2000 and hasn’t performed with them since. During the set, original Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin — who in the 2000s mended fences with Corgan, re-joining the band for a spell and then touring with the band last year — sat in, leaving only the omission of bassist D’Arcy Wretzky from fulfilling the alt-rock band’s full reformation.




 

After introducing Iha, Corgan told the LA crowd that with the “In Plainsong” tour, which comes to the Orpheum Theatre in Boston on April 9, the band decides on a certain era or album to spotlight each night. Last night, it would be Siamese Dream (much to the delight of those in the audience).

Watch the Pumpkins perform album cuts “Mayonaise” and “Soma,” as well as b-side/outtake “Whir”, via fan-filmed video below.

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