Billy Corgan and the rest of Smashing Pumpkins
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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: The Stories Behind The Splits
12. Billy Corgan and the rest of Smashing Pumpkins
Enjoying success with the mammoth Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness album in 1996, Smashing Pumpkins hit New York midway through their world tour. On 11 July, keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin died of a heroin overdose and drummer Billy Chamberlin was arrested for drug possession and subsequently sacked. They carried on as a trio until bassist D'Arcy Wretzky left in 1999 and the band imploded the following year. According to frontman Billy Corgan, D'Arcy was fired for being "a mean spirited drug addict" and anyway, it was all guitarist James Iha's fault for quitting. Corgan came back with the Pumpkins in 2011 with a completely new line-up.