13 Rock Stars Who Disappeared

From David Bowie to D'arcy Wretzky, a guide to musicians who have left the spotlight behind
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D'arcy Wretzky
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D'arcy Wretzky

Smashing Pumpkins bassist D'arcy Wretzky left the group in 1999. According to recent interviews with Billy Corgan, she said she wanted to become an actress. Corgan also infamously called her a "mean spirited drug addict who refuses to get help." The acting career never happened; instead, Wretzky moved to a horse farm in Michigan and totally disappeared. Pumpkins fans were stunned when she called into a Chicago radio station in 2009 for a bizarre interview in which she discussed Davy Jones, Marilyn Manson and the Silversun Pickups. Many fans felt that she didn't sound too healthy, and their concerns were seemingly confirmed when she was arrested for drunk driving last year.

Barrett Scale: 8. Wretzky is the kind of recluse whose photo only hits the web when it's a mug shot. The bizarre, random interview is another classic rock recluse behavior, and she lives in a remote place far from the music industry. All of this is enough to get her a solid eight. The Pumpkins will be eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in just a few years. If Wretzky fails to show up at their induction, we might upgrade her to a nine or even a rare perfect 10.

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