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Exclusive: James Iha Speaks Out Regarding His Involvement in Pumpkins Reunion

April 6, 2007 12:29 PM ET

 

We recently spoke with iconic Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, who has been graciously going about his business while his former bandmates schedule summer tour dates and discuss the details of their new record. It has never been totally clear which members of the original Pumpkins lineup would be involved in this much-gossiped about reunion tour and new album and now Iha assures us that he will absolutely not be part of it. "No, I'm not part of the current Smashing Pumpkins album or tour, I haven't spoken to Billy in years. I'm writing for a solo record, which I'm going to record this year, and working on my indie label Scratchie Records," says Iha, referring to the label he co-founded in 2002 with Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schelsininger. Scratchie has put out albums by Albert Hammond Jr. and The Sounds, among others.

 

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