According to The Pulse Of Radio, former SMASHING PUMPKINS bassist D'arcy Wretzky has given her first full interview in nearly 20 years with Alternative Nation, in which she slams PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan (pictured) for saying that she turned down offers to play with the band again. Although Corgan claimed within the past week that Wretzky had repeatedly skipped opportunities to get together, Wretzky said the opposite was true and that she was never given any real chance to rejoin the group.

Wretzky said: "[Corgan] says that he's invited me to come out and play for all of these things, which is a complete lie. He's never invited me to anything... They hired Jack Bates for this tour. I made Billy spell it out, because he was doing his nonsense double-talk crap bullshit."

Wretzky also claimed that Corgan offered to have her come out and do sporadic appearances on the upcoming reunion tour, with Wretzky saying: "It was just unbelievable, really just disgusting. The fucking nerve, and then for him to come back and say, 'Well, we haven't seen you in this long, and you haven't done this, and you couldn't even make it to this. Everyone has shown up, and you didn't?' How could I, I didn't even know you were there?"

Bates, the son of JOY DIVISION and NEW ORDER co-founder Peter Hook, played bass on the last PUMPKINS tour.

Wretzky also addressed her long-rumored drug use, saying: "You know how they're always telling you in school, 'Drugs will do this to you; they'll do that to you, drinking kills your brain cells'? At the time, I was, like, 'Good, maybe I can kill off all these horrible memories... I wouldn't recommend it; it didn't work. I count myself lucky to be alive."

She saved her most pointed responses for Corgan, however, saying: "Billy loved to humiliate people and shame people in front of other people. It was incredibly abusive, and I was the only one who would fight back."

Wretzky also released an exchange of text messages between her and Corgan that seem to back up the idea that she was not going to be the full-time bass player on the reunion tour or any future recordings, but more or less appear as a "special guest."

The PUMPKINS are expected to announce this Thursday (February 15) a tour involving the other three original members as well as some new music.


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