Billy Corgan explains why Melissa Auf Der Maur isn’t part of the Smashing Pumpkins reunion

'She never considered herself to be part of the unit'

After last week’s release of Shiny And Oh So Bright Vol. 1, Billy Corgan has finally revealed why Melissa Auf Der Maur, who served as the Smashing Pumpkins bassist from 1999 to 2000 during the Machine tour, is not a part of the Smashing Pumpkins reunion.

The latest album is the first to feature founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin since back in 2000. The original bassist, D’Arcy Wretzky, has been replaced by touring bassist Jack Bates, as relations between her and the band have been pretty shaky for a while. Until today, it was not revealed why Auf Der Maur wasn’t chosen to replace Wretzky instead.

Corgan has just released why in an interview with NME. “It’s not even worth getting into that history,” Corgan explained. “I don’t have any ill will towards Melissa, but she never considered herself to be part of the unit and made it very clear that she didn’t ever want to be considered part of the unit posthumously.”

Corgan also revealed that after Bates toured with Corgan and Jeff Schroeder on the Manson tour, they knew that the replacement was always going to be him.