Cherub block? Thoughts on the Smashing Pumpkins' return

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By Sean Manning

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In a perfect world, the Smashing Pumpkins’ residency at the Fillmore that begins next week would start not with one of the band’s nu-skool eyeliner anthems like “United States” or “God and Country,” but with James Iha and D’arcy Wretsky taking the stage, throwing their replacements off, kicking Billy Corgan in the groin, and then diving straight into “Jellybelly.”

Unfortunately, the chances of that happening are about as good as Corgan growing a hearty mullet in time for his next Rolling Stone photoshoot. The Smashing Pumpkins’ “reformation” may be more than just your typical excuse to tour again, since Corgan seems to be taking this Zeitgeist business pretty seriously, but let’s just hope he still knows how to play the solo from “Cherub Rock.”