The Smashing Pumpkins Reunite with James Iha for First Time in 16 Years

Credit: Scarlet PageThe Smashing Pumpkins reunited with founding member James Iha during their show in Los Angeles Saturday night, marking the first time the guitarist has played with his old band in 16 years. Iha joined Billy Corgan and company for a performance of a few Siamese Dream songs, including "Soma" and "Mayonaise." The crowd also sang "Happy Birthday" to Iha, who turned 48 Saturday.

Iha co-founded The Smashing Pumpkins with Corgan, and stayed on until the band broke up 2000. When Corgan reformed the Pumpkins in 2006, Iha elected to not join the reunion.

Along with Corgan, The Smashing Pumpkins' current touring lineup includes guitarist Jeff Schroeder and original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. With Iha's appearance during Saturday's show, the Pumpkins performed with seventy-five percent of their original lineup -- the only one missing was bassist D'arcy Wretzky.

The Smashing Pumpkins are currently in the midst of their In Plainsong tour, which continues Tuesday, March 29 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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