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Smashing Pumpkins Closer To Reunion

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — One week after frontman Billy Corgan took out a full page advertisement in the Chicago Tribune saying that "his heart" remains with his fellow Smashing Pumpkins bandmates, drummer Jimmy Chamberlain has expressed interest in reforming as well.

Corgan's advertisement read: "I want you to be among the first to know that I have made plans to renew and revive the Smashing Pumpkins. I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams. In this desire I feel I have come home again."

The band split in 2000 after the release of their final album 'Machina'.

Chamberlain expressed his interest in the reunion to the Tribune as well.

He told a reporter on June 24th that, "All I can say is that the Smashing Pumpkins are Billy, James (Iha – guitarist), myself and D'Arcy (Wretzky – bassist). In an ideal world, that's what it will end up being. The hope is that everybody will come to the table, but I can only speak for myself in saying that I'm in, and I'm excited."

Since the Pumpkins split, Corgan and Chamberlain have collaborated as members of the short-lived Zwan. Since, Chamberlain released music with The Jimmy Chamberlain Complex, and Corgan recently released his first solo album, 'TheFutureEmbrace'.

Chamberlain told the paper that he has not spoken to Wretzky since she left the band in 1999, though he does e-mail Iha and intends to reach out to him.

According to MTV News, Chamberlain said: "It's still all very new, and I don't know if anybody really knows what's going on. We really haven't sat down at the table and figured out the nuts and bolts." –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers