Music News: Smashing Pumpkins reunion likely, probably won't include D'arcy Wretzky


Smashing Pumpkins at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1996.
Billy Corgan, D'arcy Wretzky, and James Iha of the Smashing Pumpkins at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1996, celebrating their Best Video of the Year win for 'Tonight, Tonight.' (SUSAN FARLEY/AFP/Getty Images)

A clock on the Smashing Pumpkins’ website is counting down to 11 a.m. CST on Thursday. What's it counting down to? We won't know for certain until then, but it seems very likely that there will be a reunion tour announcement. Billy Corgan will likely be rejoined by original members James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin...but probably not founding bassist D'arcy Wretzky.

There's been a lot of back-and-forth among band members regarding whether Wretzky was invited to rejoin the Smashing Pumpkins and what she might have said. Now, Wretzky has given what amounts to her first proper interview in two decades. The interview with Alternative Nation doesn't do a whole lot to clear the air regarding the reunion negotiations, but makes very clear that there's a lot of bad blood between Wretzky and Corgan.

"Billy loved to humiliate people and shame people in front of other people," she says. "He's always been insufferable." (Billboard)

Metallica named Polar Music Prize laureates

The Polar Music Prize is a prestigious annual award established in 1989 by former ABBA manager Stig Anderson. Each year, one popular music artist and one classical music artist are named Polar Music Prize laureates, taking a trip to Sweden to collect the award and a monetary prize amounting to about $120,000 from the king of Sweden.

This year's laureates have just been announced: Metallica and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. "I feel very honored to be in such great company with the others who have accepted the Polar Music Prize," said frontman James Hetfield. "As myself and as Metallica, I'm grateful to have this as part of our legacy, our history."

This year's prize ceremony will take place on June 14. (Billboard)

In other Metallica news, earlier this week we reported that Hetfield has been cast in an upcoming film about serial killer Ted Bundy. The director of that film, Joe Berlinger, has now shared a first image of Hetfield in character as the cop who arrested Bundy in 1975. (Billboard)

Frances Bean Cobain opens up about substance abuse struggle

Frances Bean Cobain, the Minnesota-conceived daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, has opened up about her struggle with substance abuse. In an Instagram post, Cobain says she's celebrating two years of sobriety, and that she's decided to open up about that in hopes of helping others who might be struggling with addiction. (Spin)

I thought I would start this post by sharing a pure moment in Oahu surrounded by nature, with my love. This moment is a representation of who I am on February 13th, 2018. It feels significant here & now because it’s my 2nd sober birthday. It’s an interesting and kaleidoscopic decision to share my feelings about something so intimate in a public forum . The fact that I’m sober isn’t really public knowledge, decidedly and deliberately. But I think it’s more important to put aside my fear about being judged or misunderstood or typecast as one specific thing. I want to have the capacity to recognize & observe that my journey might be informative, even helpful to other people who are going through something similar or different. It is an everyday battle to be in attendance for all the painful, bazaar, uncomfortable, tragic, fucked up things that have ever happened or will ever happen. Self destruction, toxic consumption and deliverance from pain is a lot easier to adhere to. Undeniably, for myself and those around me choosing to be present is the best decision I have ever made. How we treat our bodies directly correlates to how we treat our souls. It’s all interconnected. It has to be. So I’m gonna take today to celebrate my vibrant health and the abundance of happiness, gratitude, awareness, compassion, strength, fear, loss, wisdom, and the myriad of other messy, raw emotions I feel constantly. They inform who I am, what my intentions are, who i want to be and they force me to acknowledge my boundaries/limitations. I claim my mistakes as my own because I believe them to be a contribution to a higher education. I am constantly evolving. The moment any evolution ceases is the moment I disservice myself and ultimately those I love. As cheesy and cornball as it sounds life does get better, if you want it to. I’ll never claim I know something other people don’t. I only know what works for me and seeking to escape my life no longer works for me. Peace, love, empathy (I’m going to reclaim this phrase and redefine it as something that’s filled with hope and goodness and health, because I want to ) Frances Bean Cobain

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Michelle Obama shares Valentine's Day playlist

Michelle Obama has shared a Valentine's Day playlist dedicated to her "one and only," husband Barack Obama. Among the former first lady's romantic favorites are songs by Alabama Shakes, Beyoncé, Francis and the Lights, and of course Barry White. (Rolling Stone)

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